National Foster & Kinship Care Conference

The National Foster & Kinship Care Conference due to be held in Adelaide in September this year, has been postponed until 2021.

'In light of the current situation, for safety and practical reasons, we have decided to change the date of the Conference until the 10th – 12th June 2021,' said Connecting Foster and Kinship Carers SA CEO, Fiona Endacott.

The conference was eagerly anticipated by Foster & Kinship Carers, sector workers and policy makers across the country and it is only very reluctantly we have taken the decision to postpone.

Click here to read the media release

 

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Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers - SA (CF&KC-SA) are thrilled to be hosting the National Foster & Kinship Care Conference in Adelaide, South Australia - now to be held 10-12 June 2021.

This conference will present a unique opportunity for all child protection stakeholders to learn from, and alongside, Foster and Kinship Carers, in a collaborative and creative environment. Delegates will hear from expert local, national and international keynote speakers on prime issues facing the Foster and Kinship Care space; with the primary focus on ensuring our children and young people thrive and reach their full potential. Throughout this conference we intend to kick-start a national conversation regarding the needs of the Foster & Kinship Care sector, using the collective findings from all speakers and delegates to elevate Australia’s family based care to that of a world class model.

This conference will be culturally responsive, relevant and progressive in reflecting current caring trends and aim to attract participation from a diverse audience of Carers, professional stakeholders, researchers and young people in the Foster and Kinship Care sector. Conference streams will focus on topics with a national lens, identified by the Carer community:

  • Education: school transitioning & retention including building secure attachment
  • Disability + NDIS
  • Managing challenging behaviours and therapeutic parenting techniques
  • Cultural connection + support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other co-morbidities
  • Gender fluidity + LGBTIQ awareness regarding children & young people
  • Mental health & wellbeing for Carers, children & young people
  • How to advocate effectively
  • Legal issues and how best to navigate
  • Issues regarding regulation, sensory based support, “meltdowns” & fussy eaters due to trauma

All attendees will be provided the opportunity to explore their current thinking and identify new strategies for care, whilst mixing with likeminded people from all walks of the child protection sector. Above all we are excited to refresh, reinvigorate and renew all stakeholders involved in the respected journey of Foster and Kinship Care.

On behalf of the conference organising committee, we look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in 2021.

Fiona Endacott
CEO & Chair

SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR SPEAKER AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS

ON HOLD FOR NOW - we will be in touch soon with planning for the 2021 program.

We invite representatives from the child protection sector (both non-government and government), academics, advocates and representatives of people with a lived experience of the child protection system to express interest in delivering a presentation or facilitating a workshop.

We seek expressions of interests from speakers in the following areas:

  • Keynote speakers (90 minutes)
  • Plenary workshop presentations and panel-led discussions (45 minutes)
  • Poster presentations i.e. academic, research & community information posters

This conference will present a unique opportunity for all child protection stakeholders to learn from, and alongside, Foster and Kinship Carers, in a collaborative and creative environment. Delegates want to hear from expert local, national and international keynote speakers on prime issues facing the Foster and Kinship Care space; with the primary focus on ensuring our children and young people thrive and reach their full potential. Throughout this conference we intend to kick-start a national conversation regarding the needs of the Foster & Kinship Care sector, using the collective findings from all speakers and delegates to elevate Australia’s family based care to that of a world class model.

It is essential all presentations encompass the three pillars of the Conference:
1. Connect (the caring community together)
2. Share (relevant, effective information & strategies)
3. Learn (from each other to elevate the caring journey together)

Click here to access the Expression of Interest form

Sponsorship Prospectus

ON HOLD FOR NOW - we will be in touch soon with planning for the 2021 program.

We invite organisations to become a sponsor of the 2020 National Conference providing the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to the ongoing improvement of the lives of children and young people in care, through the provision of services valuing and supporting carer families to sustain strong and positive relationships. You will have the opportunity to connect with carers and receive updated information about the provision of family based care.

Click here to view the Sponsorship Prospectus

For sponsors and exhibitors participating in our 2020 Conference a range of benefits can be provided including:

  • Recognition of your corporate social responsibility and support of Carers nationwide
  • Promotion and brand awareness with carers and agencies from all over Australia
  • Engagement with your target audience – opportunity to engage those carers you wish to reach
  • Acknowledgement of your support of Foster & Kinship Carers in a wide variety of ways

For further information:

Lara Malcolm, Conference Manager
2020 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference Secretariat
The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764
Mitcham SA 5064
T: 08 8177 2215
E: info@themeetingpeople.com.au
W: www.cfc-sa.org.au/2020NationalConference