Central Queensland Indigenous Development

Strong in Family & Culture

Making culture and family possible for disconnected children.

This service is available in:

  • Rockhampton

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.

Referral

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.

We help improve a child’s wellbeing

  • Culturally safe and culturally strong, support
  • Connect children to cultural experiences and knowledge
  • Connect children to generations of biological family
  • Support carers with cultural safety

Meet our Strong in Family & Culture team

Ezra McIvor

Ezra McIvor | CQID

What I do

Strong Family & Culture Facilitator
Rockhampton

Jade Ah Wong-Howland

Jade Ah Wong-Howland | CQID

What I do

Manager
Rockhampton

Jayren Willie

Jayren Willie | CQID

What I do

Strong Family & Culture Facilitator
Rockhampton

Kejanu Doyle

Kejanu Doyle | CQID

What I do

Strong Family & Culture Facilitator
Rockhampton

Sabrina Vonsenden

Sabrina Vonsenden | CQID

What I do

Strong Family & Culture Facilitator
Rockhampton

Tricia Barber

Tricia Barber | CQID

My Mob

Iman and Western Kangoulou

What I do

Strong Family & Culture Manager
Rockhampton

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