Reconnecting families

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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 ensure Ryan was supported and safe.  Before this occurred the last time Ryan had seen his parents was ten years ago when he received final orders when he was five years old.

Sadly Ryan’s father passed away in July.  With help from the Police, Challenge was given a first name and from there the Police were able to locate an aunt living in the western suburbs of Sydney.  Ryan had not seen his aunt since he was five years of age.  Ryan was able to organise his father’s funeral with the support of his aunt and he got to meet all of his extended family for the first time.  Ryan is now living with his aunty and her family which will provide him with much needed stability. This will allow him to move forward with a connection to his family and give him a further understanding of his own identity.

Developing and maintaining connections between foster children and their parents or significant others are vital to ensure the child has a continued connection to their family, culture and identity. While sometimes it is not possible to involve the family for safety reasons, in most cases it is possible to develop good relationships between the foster carer, the child, and the parents or significant others. 

Author: Challenge Community Services

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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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