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6 June 2019 Focus on feelings: one way to help a child with challenging behaviours

When a young person you are caring for is showing challenging behaviours, it can be difficult to know how to respond.One useful strategy is to look behind the behaviour to the feelings. Especially aro...

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29 May 2019 Foster to adoption brings new beginnings

When Natalie* ended up in a wheelchair after contracting a staph infection in her spine following a routine laparoscopy, she and her partner Grant* had to face some hard truths. Although the laparosco...

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7 May 2019 Max's journey to finding a stable family

When he found his mother lying on the floor not moving, 5-year-old Max’s destiny was changed in an instant.Max* phoned 000 and suddenly the house was filled with emergency workers – police, parame...

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1 May 2019 How Supervised Contact Workers support children and young people in foster care

When it comes to working with children and young people in out-of-home or foster care, as well as their families and significant others, creating a safe and supportive environment is paramount. For Su...

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3 April 2019 What support will I receive as a foster carer?

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster carer? The experience of helping a child in need and supporting their development at a crucial time in their lives can be hugely rewarding. Our community ...

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21 February 2019 A sense of fulfilment money can’t buy

When Ella arrived at her foster home, she was stressed, pushed boundaries and frequently acted out. No wonder really - her parents were separated and struggling with alcohol issues. Ella’s carer, M...

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12 December 2018 A home for life: more than one way to make a family

After discovering that pregnancy was not going to be possible, Sarah and Adam tried to convince themselves they would be happy building a different life together – one without children. But the coup...

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13 November 2018 A safe haven: grandparents step into the breach

Having brought up three children, Doug and Nancy weren’t expecting to have a second family. But when their son and daughter-in-law separated around seven years ago, they were ever ready to help  th...

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9 October 2018 5 steps to becoming a foster carer

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision. But it’s likely to be one of the best things you ever do. Although it can be challenging at times, caring for a child or young person in need is hugely rew...

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12 September 2018 Do you have what it takes to be a foster carer?

With images of global crises filling our TV screens, you may be surprised to learn that on our own doorstep in NSW there are 20,000 children at risk and in need of out-of-home care. These are children...

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 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 700 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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