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Getting started as a foster carer
11 December 2017 Getting started as a foster carer

Opening your home to foster children and welcoming them into your family is a big commitment, and not a decision you should make alone.The whole family has to be on board with the decision to become f...

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Providing stability for children in need
14 November 2017 Providing stability for children in need

Children and young people in the foster care system often lack the permanency and security required to reach their full potential. While the goal of foster care is usually to return the child to their...

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Reconnecting families
17 October 2017 Reconnecting families

Ryan was living in northern New South Wales and then at the beginning of this year he self-placed with his father in Sydney.  During this time Challenge had been supporting Ryan and his father to ens...

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Providing care for teenagers
17 October 2017 Providing care for teenagers

For over three years, John and Verity have welcomed foster children into their home for respite, emergency, and short term stays. Children from ages 2 to 18, individuals and siblings, one night, a mon...

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Finding freedom on the farm
17 October 2017 Finding freedom on the farm

Nathan and Emma have provided short term, respite and long term placement for more than ten children on their farm. Currently, the family is hosting an 11-year-old girl on a short-term placement, and ...

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Family shares flame for fostering
19 September 2017 Family shares flame for fostering

As a nurse and manager in a sleep disorder clinic and a single parent of three, Kate Palumbo knows about juggling responsibilities. Despite her commitments, Kate has opened her doors to children in ne...

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Local foster care children set to visit happiest place on earth
19 July 2017 Local foster care children set to visit happiest place on earth

At the beginning of November, seven foster care children will be heading overseas to experience the magic of Disneyland.Arranged by foster carer Jules Campbell and paid for by the community, the Disne...

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Farm living provides an ordinary life for foster kids
6 July 2017 Farm living provides an ordinary life for foster kids

Have you ever considered fostering a child, but then thought the job was too hard for an ordinary parent? Surely you need to be a superhero to be a foster carer?Turns out, you only need compassion and...

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Do you have what it takes to care for children in need?
28 June 2017 Do you have what it takes to care for children in need?

I have always thought about becoming a foster carer.I cannot think of anything more rewarding than providing a home to children that have nowhere to go. I can also see the benefits of fostering for my...

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Emma and Nathan share foster caring experience
17 May 2017 Emma and Nathan share foster caring experience

Just a year into being a foster carer, Emma, who lives on a farm near Narromine, said she couldn’t imagine her life any different. Western NSW needs ... 

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2 500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.

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