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Out of control: creating a calm home environment for troubled children
19 June 2018 Out of control: creating a calm home environment for troubled children

A child or young person who has experienced trauma may be anxious or stressed and behave in unpredictable ways. They may suddenly get angry at you or the family pet, break or throw toys or damage thin...

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Giving hope in the face of a bleak future
6 June 2018 Giving hope in the face of a bleak future

Daniel was a healthy, happy baby full of life when suddenly everything changed. Rushed to hospital with multiple injuries at 3 months old, Daniel’s great aunty and uncle, Lesley and Steve, still don...

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The power of praise: helping children with challenging behaviour
21 May 2018 The power of praise: helping children with challenging behaviour

When you’re tired or at your wits’ end, it’s easy to let your frustrations out and forget to compliment a child or young person in your care. When you’re dealing with frequent challenging beha...

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A family for life
10 May 2018 A family for life

We all want every child and young person to have a stable, safe and permanent home for life where they can thrive. But did you know that in NSW there are 18,000 children in need of out of home care? ...

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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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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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