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Permanent care, kinship care, and adoptive families play a critical role in the protection of vulnerable children.

PCA Families exists to provide our families with the support they need to provide nurturing and permanent homes for the children and young people who come into their care through permanent care, kinship care or adoption. We know firsthand that the journey for families is rewarding but not always easy.

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Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the Victorian community, and the impacts on vulnerable families in our permanent care, kinship care and adoption community have been significant.

Even before COVID-19, many families in our community were struggling to cope with the day-to-day realities of parenting children who experience the often life-long effects of trauma and attachment issues. A PCA Families member feedback survey conducted in late 2019, highlighted that one in five parents or carers were ‘just coping’ or are ‘not coping at all’. Families often have few or no support services available to them once an order is granted. This lack of support can exponentially increase the risk of placement breakdown, and this risk has never been as high as now due to the pandemic.

Families accessing our helpline and peer support programs have shared a range of challenges due to COVID-19, themes ranging from challenges managing learning from home, behavioural outbursts, strained family relationships, financial stress and a concerning theme of significant mental health and wellbeing concerns for children, young people and their families.

The families we support face many challenges:

  • Their children have typically experienced trauma, grief, loss, attachment issues, abuse and/or neglect which can have life-long effects.
  • They have the added responsibility of facilitating birth family relationships, which can be challenging without adequate support.
  • Their lived experience is often one of roadblocks, hurdles, stress and delays in dealing with complex systems.
  • The expenses required to help their children overcome the delays and harm caused by their early life experiences, often far outweighs the fortnightly DHHS care allowance and the means of many families.

How your Support Helps:

Donating to PCA Families will enable us to continue developing and rolling out programs that support strong and stable families through parenting and peer support services that directly benefit children, young people and their families. It will also allow us to continue our advocacy work to improve the lived experience of permanent care and adoptive families.

You can make a difference through:

  • Single or monthly gift
  • Leaving a gift in your will
  • A gift in memory or celebration
  • Regular giving (including workplace giving)

You can donate online online, via PayPal or Direct Deposit into our bank account. Donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible.

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Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA Families) is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). This means that your donation is tax deductible.

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