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Family time: Supporting positive and lasting connections for children in care

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Family time: Supporting positive and lasting connections for children in care

Tuesday 23 May 2023 12:00pm-1:00pm AEST, online via Ms Teams

Hosted by Family and Community Services Insights, Analysis and Research (FACSIAR)


A meaningful connection to family and kin helps children in out-of-home care develop a sense of belonging and hope. Family time is an important way of fostering long-lasting connections by helping children manage the pain of separation from their birth families. It helps them know who they are and feel that they are valued. This webinar will focus on how to best support positive and lasting connections for children in care by providing key research insights and by exploring practice approaches that support meaningful family time.  

The session will be chaired by Dr Jessica Stewart (Executive Director, FACSIAR). Research and practice resources will be presented from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) and the Fostering Lifelong Connections Study. There will be experts from the Office of the Senior Practitioner to discuss the latest practice advice and from Child and Family to discuss policy implications on how to best support family time.

Join us to learn more about:

  • Children’s relationships in out-of-home care (Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study)

Professor Judith Cashmore - Professor of Socio-Legal Research and Policy, Sydney Law School, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Education and Social Work

  • Fostering Lifelong Connections: Practice resources for positive relationships between children’s families

Dr Susan Collings - Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre for Children and Families, University of Sydney

Dr Sarah Ciftci - Research Associate, Project Coordinator - Fostering Lifelong Connections, Research Centre for Children and Families, University of Sydney


  • Rebecca Hinchey – Manager, OOHC Policy and Programs, Child and Family, Strategy, Policy and Commissioning, DCJ
  • Madeline Gill – Senior Project Officer, Practice Strategy and Design, Practice Quality, Office of the Senior Practitioner, DCJ
  • Joel Frost - Casework Specialist, Bateman's Bay & Bega CSC, Office of the Senior Practitioner, DCJ

Questions or comments?

A recording of the research-related presentations, slides and other resources will be available within one week following the webinar.

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