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Central Queensland Indigenous Development

Family Participation

CQID helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families who want a say when their kids are connected to the Department of Child Safety.

This service is available in:

  • Rockhampton
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Gladstone
  • Hervey Bay
  • Longreach
  • Woorabinda

Helping your family and kids connect to community and culture

If there are worries or decisions about your kids, we can help make sure your rights are protected, that you have all the relevant information and that your voice is heard.

Our Family Participation team helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to develop their own action plans, to keep their kids safe and connected to family and culture.

We’ll help you come up with a plan that will work for you and your kids, and we’ll help you get support to make your plan a success.

We have a lot of experience supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Our knowledge of rules and processes will help take the stress out of problems.

Our goal is to help our mob keep kids safe with family.

Who is this service for?

If you have worries about losing your kids, you can self-refer, ask the Department of Child Safety to refer you to CQID, or the Department of Child Safety may refer you directly.

We can also help you get your kids back with family.

Referral

You can self-refer by:

Self referral

Refer someone

We help our mob keep kids safe with family

  • Giving you the knowledge
  • Empowering you to make a plan that will work
  • Supporting you to decide for your own kids
  • Friendly guidance from your own mob

Meet our Family Participation team

Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle | CQID

My Mob

Iman & Kuku-Yalanji. My grandmother is from Palm Island and my grandfather from Woorabinda.

What I do

Family Participation Facilitator
Emerald

Bernadette Thomas

Bernadette Thomas | CQID

My Mob

Tharrkari | Western Australia

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Hervey Bay

Bywa Whap

Bywa Whap | CQID

My Mob

TSI Laugau Yarra of the Samu, Dhangal and Koedhal Clans/Iman Woman

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Emerald

Carol Ross

Carol Ross | CQID

My Mob

Kairi and Gangulu | Springsure, Biloela and Moura Regions

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Rockhampton

Donna Staudinger

Donna Staudinger | CQID

My Mob

Darumbal | Rockhampton

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Rockhampton

Gina Woodman

Gina Woodman | CQID

What I do

Team Leader
Hervey Bay

Jade Ah Wong

Jade Ah Wong | CQID

What I do

Senior Facilitator
Rockhampton

Jessy Johnson

Jessy Johnson | CQID

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Gladstone

Jordi Tsakovic

Jordi Tsakovic | CQID

My Mob

Wulli Wulli | NSW

What I do

Business Administration Trainee
Rockhampton

Kassidy Leslie

Kassidy Leslie | CQID

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Gladstone

Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan | CQID

My Mob

Gooreng Gooreng/Taribelang/Kabi Kabi Women

What I do

Community Manager
Bundaberg

Kitah-Lee Ritchie

Kitah-Lee Ritchie | CQID

What I do

Family Participation Facilitator
Rockhampton

Maree Simon

Maree Simon | CQID

My Mob

Biripi | Taree

What I do

Community Manager
Hervey Bay

Reasha Keato

Reasha Keato | CQID

My Mob

Wiradjuri/Aurabakal

What I do

Community Support Officer in Training
Rockhampton

Savannah Daley

Savannah Daley | CQID

My Mob

Juru

What I do

Facilitator Family Participation Program
Rockhampton

Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown | CQID

My Mob

Arabana (Udyurla) woman. Tracy also acknowledges her connections to the Jaru people | North South Australia & Kimberley region of Western Australia

What I do

Family Participation Officer
Bundaberg

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