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Foster Carers Assoc. NT eNews - April 2016
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The end of Term One is here and I think the kids are ready for a week off after a busy term of learning. Check out our website for some suggestions of things to do during the break. We are busy here getting ready for the conference in June. If you haven't already done so make sure you put in an application for sponsorship to attend the conference.  
In this issue
What's happening at Foster Carers Association NT?
Conference Update

2016 Foster & Kinship Carer Conference Sponsorship Program CLOSES TOMORROW

What's happening in the sector?
Nhulunbuy Foster carer wins Carers Excellence Award

Events and Training
Darwin Carers Social Networking Group
FREE Information Session - Common Health Conditions in Children - Alice Springs
Things to do on the School Holidays

 
What's happening at Foster Carers Association NT?

Conference Update



The 2016 conference program is now almost complete and will be officially released on 15 April. We will be giving you a sneak peak at some of the speakers over the next two weeks.

The program will conclude with the beautiful Moonlight Dinner under the stars, overlooking the lagoon at the Darwin Convention Centre. We are so excited that the Australian Army Band will be performing on the night.
 

Register for our Conference Update e-News and keep up to date with 'All Things Conference' at www.fostercare2016.com or like us at facebook.com/FostercareNT #fostercare2016 #careVention
Carer Sponsorship Program - Applications close on 31 March (TOMORROW) APPLY NOW!
This year we are excited to offer 50 sponsored places for foster kinship carers in the Northern Territory to attend the 2016 National Foster & Kinship Care Conference. As part of the sponsorship program carers will receive free conference registration and a ticket to the Moonlight Dinner. Carers applying from Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and remote regions will also be eligible to receive accommodation in Darwin and return airfares or fuel reimbursement.

Apply for one of 50 sponsored places here.
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9-11 June
Darwin Convention Centre
Join our event on Facebook and be sure to share our 2016 National Foster & Kinship Care Conference posts. 
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Lead Advocate Lucja Wajs to visit Alice Springs

Lucja will be travelling to Alice Springs on Wednesday, 6 April and Thursday, 7 April.

If you would like to meet with her while she is at our Alice Springs office please call (0427) 812 086 or E: lucja.wajs@fostercarersnt.org.au
What's happening in the sector?
Recognising our Carer Community in Nhulunbuy
Foster and kinship carers are important members of any community, especially when they live in regional or remote areas.
 
Nhulunbuy carers were acknowledged and celebrated at a special gathering on 4 March as part of the 2015 Foster and Kinship Carer Service and Excellence Awards.
Recipient of the 2015 Foster and Kinship Carer Excellence Award for Nhulunbuy was Kristy Bazevski who has been a dedicated foster carer for over four years.
 
Kristy’s nomination included testimony that she and her family clearly gain many benefits from being carers and they personally thrive on creating a safe, happy and nurturing home environment.
 
Other award recipients include Tilly Todhunter and Rhean Bates who received their Five Year Service Award.
 
Department of Children and Families Chief Executive Officer, Anne Bradford, thanked all the carers for their valuable work and the contribution they make to the local community.
Events and Training
Upcoming foster carer information sessions
 
Know a friend in Alice Springs who is keen to find out more about becoming a foster carer?
 
The Department of Children and Families will be running Foster Care information sessions in Alice Springs to help potential carers find out more information about the steps involved and what it means to become a foster carer.
 
When: Wednesday 6 April @ 12pm or 6pm (attend your choice of the two session times)

 
Where: Chifley Hotel, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs
DCF Alice Springs Information Stand

The Department of Children & Families will also be out and about in Alice Springs to chat to people interested in Foster Care. If you can't make an information sessions feel free to pop in and see us at the following locations:
  • Yeperenye Shopping Centre (outside the florist) on Thursday 7 April
  • Todd Mall on Friday 8 April.
DCF Carers Morning Teas

An opportunity to discuss issues and raise concerns.

Darwin: Friday, 8 April
Katherine: Tuesday, 12 April
Alice Springs: Friday, 15 April

For information about times and locations call your local DCF office.

 

FREE St John Ambulance – Information Session - Common Health Concerns in Children 


Join Regina Sellar, St John Community Educator, for an information session about common health conditions affecting children and how to treat them. Morning tea provided.
When: 28 April 2016 @ 10.00-11.00am

Where: Foster Carers Association Office, 10/82 Todd Street, Alice Springs.

Contact: For more information or to let us know you are coming T: (08) 8952 9202 or E: rosalyn.havard@fostercarersnt.org.au 

Darwin Carers Social Networking Group


When: Sunday, 17 April 2016 @ 12noon-3.00pm
Where: Multicultural NT, 15 Malak Place, Malak

Come along and join Cath for a relaxed get together. This event is a great opportunity to network with other carers, share stories and enjoy great company. Families are welcome. Bring a plate to share.

Contact Cath for more details or to let us know you are coming on  T: (08) 8945 3364 or 

E: catherine.collier@fostercarersnt.org.au 
 
School Holiday Activities

For some ideas on what to do during the school holidays go to our website at www.fostercarersnt.org.au/events
CREATE School Holiday Program
CREATE, will be running some great activities during the school holidays

Alice Springs Program - Call Damon or Tania to RSVP T: (08) 8953 8358 or E: nt@create.org.au
5 April - CREATE Your Future 11.30am-2.30pm
6 April - Speak Up Level 1
7 April - Speak Up Level 2 & 3
8 April - Ellery Creek Day Trip - food, swim & bush walk!

Darwin - Call Michelle T: (08) 8945 9993 or E: michelle.barry@create.org.au
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Darwin Office: 25 Damabila Drive, Lyons NT 0810. Ph: 8945 3364
Alice Springs Office: 10/82 Todd Street, Alice Springs NT 0870. Ph:8952 9202

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