Short films aim to debunk misconceptions about foster care IMAGE Social Services

Short films aim to debunk misconceptions about foster care

September 20, 2018 Lizzie Snedden

In recognition of Foster and Kinship Care Week 2018 (9-15 September), Catholic Care Social Services Hunter Manning launched two short films aimed at debunking misconceptions and reinforcing the importance of foster care in our community.

Super Dad - local legend a pillar of strength IMAGE Social Services

Super Dad - local legend a pillar of strength

September 03, 2018 John Kingsley-Jones

It was great to see one of CatholicCare’s foster carers on the front page of the Newcastle Weekly – and just before Father’s Day.

 

Becoming a successful step-parent IMAGE Aurora

Becoming a successful step-parent

August 04, 2018 Tanya Russell

Q   I’ve just moved in with my partner and his two children; both girls, aged ten and 13. I’ve never had children on my own and I don’t want to replace their mother but I do want to build a relationship with them. My partner would like us to parent them together and this scares me a little bit as I never want to come across as the “evil stepmother”. We got along well before I moved in and I would like to build on this relationship. How do I now adjust to this new role while preserving our positive relationship?

What are you doing to care for you? IMAGE Aurora

What are you doing to care for you?

August 04, 2018 Lizzie Snedden

Most adults have a car, right? Functioning without one would be hard.

If you change nothing, nothing will change IMAGE Aurora

If you change nothing, nothing will change

July 07, 2018 Tanya Russell

Q I’m not coping with being at work at the moment. I feel like I am a hated person and a group of staff now ignores me because I told them they made me feel uncomfortable for speaking badly about other staff. There seems to be a culture of negativity and when I raised my concerns with the manager, I was told to lodge a formal complaint and to access counselling. I just don’t see how counselling will resolve the bullying I am now experiencing. I am also afraid to lodge a formal complaint because these colleagues will know it is me and will probably make my work life even worse. I feel stuck and miserable – what if I lodge a complaint, put myself through a process and the investigation comes back in favour of the colleagues I have issues with? This has happened before and I don’t want to have to leave another workplace due to something like this. What do I do?

CatholicCare hosts an evening with Tracey Spicer IMAGE Social Services

CatholicCare hosts an evening with Tracey Spicer

July 03, 2018 Britten Thompson

When it comes to coping with impostor syndrome, being a powerful female in a male-dominated field and daring to start a family while working as an on-air news personality, Tracey Spicer certainly has some stories to share.

CatholicCare partners with Sweet Dreams Baby to help parents and their babies get more rest IMAGE Social Services

CatholicCare partners with Sweet Dreams Baby to help parents and their babies get more rest

June 18, 2018 Britten Thompson

In an effort to support the wellbeing of parents and carers, CatholicCare’s counselling services have partnered with Renee Sciulli and her organisation, Sweet Dreams Baby, to teach parents effective techniques aimed at solving infant and toddler sleep challenges. The goal is to help carers and their young ones get the restful sleep they need.

A call for more foster carers in mid-north coast IMAGE Social Services

A call for more foster carers in mid-north coast

June 04, 2018 Britten Thompson

CatholicCare director, Gary Christensen, recently met with Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward and local member, Stephen Bromhead MP, in Forster to discuss the need for foster carers throughout the Hunter.