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Foster love: a critical link
8 August 2018 Foster love: a critical link

At age 13, Ella was living with her mum who was struggling to overcome alcohol abuse issues. Her dad, now living in Queensland, had similar issues. Both parents wanted to keep Ella. But Ella needed so...

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A helping hand for a traumatised child
27 July 2018 A helping hand for a traumatised child

Stella was a little girl facing multiple psychological and physical challenges, and an uncertain future. When they put up their hands to help, foster carers Liz and Harry knew they were not signing up...

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The power of predictability
9 July 2018 The power of predictability

When a child or young person experiences trauma, their world is thrown into chaos; nothing is predictable and life can feel out of control. They may have witnessed domestic violence and other distress...

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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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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 2500 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.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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