News and Stories

Giving a child a safe home for life
19 April 2018 Giving a child a safe home for life

If you’ve ever yearned to be a parent, you’ll understand that physical ache to hold a small baby, hoist a toddler onto your hip or kick a ball in the park with your son or daughter. When everyone ...

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When it’s time to say goodbye: Restoring children to their family of origin
10 April 2018 When it’s time to say goodbye: Restoring children to their family of origin

After Sally was diagnosed with cancer just over five years ago, becoming foster carers was a path she and her partner, Lyndal, had not expected to take. Challenging, rewarding and at times heart break...

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Opening homes, and hearts, to kids in need
12 March 2018 Opening homes, and hearts, to kids in need

Adoption reforms that were brought into effect in NSW in 2016 have seen a surge in open adoptions and a dramatic reduction in approval times.Since the changes, foster carers who wish to adopt a child ...

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Getting started as a foster carer
13 February 2018 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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Caring comes in all shapes
16 January 2018 Caring comes in all shapes

Deciding you would make a good foster parent is easy; actually making the required adjustments to your family life is another matter.As a nurse and manager in a sleep disorder clinic and a single pare...

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Creating a smoother path to adoption
10 January 2018 Creating a smoother path to adoption

When Sue and Neil first adopted a foster child 20 years ago, the process was long and excruciating.Their foster child Sarah had extensive medical issues, including Down syndrome, which required regu...

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Challenge deliver gifts to children in out-of-home care
22 December 2017 Challenge deliver gifts to children in out-of-home care

For the third year in a row Challenge Community Services have helped brighten the lives of over 50 local children that might have needed some Christmas cheer.All week the Challenge crew have been beat...

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Caring fosters Christmas cheer for Kriss and Donna
19 December 2017 Caring fosters Christmas cheer for Kriss and Donna

Six months ago Kriss and Donna’s life was turned upside down when they became foster carers for a baby girl.“And, boy, didn’t that change our lives!” Kriss said.“Everything completely change...

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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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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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