Making culture and family possible for disconnected children.
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Supporting children to grow pride in their culture and know their birth families
Strong in Family and Culture is a service created by CQID staff and community Elders for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children and families. It’s aim is to ensure that children under the guardianship of the Department of Child Safety, do not lose connection and pride in their birth culture, and are able to spend meaningful time with extended family and kin.
CQID believes that by ensuring children have a strong connection to their culture and family, children can experience improved wellbeing and have better lives.
The family contact and practical experience of culture that occurs when children are part of the Strong in Family & Culture program are made possible when the CEO of CQID has been delegated the authority to make legal child protection related decisions.
If the child and parents agree, CQID applies to the Director General of Child Safety to have authority to make specific decisions related to the child’s care and when approved, the child becomes part of the Strong in Family & Culture program.
Who is this service for?
Children and families who are disconnected. CQID and Child Safety collaborate to identify children who will benefit the most.
This service is currently not open for self-referrals, but children and families are welcome to discuss a referral with their Child Safety Officer or the Strong in Family & Culture Manager.