With over 50,000 children and young people living in out-of-home care in Australia, 30,300 of these children have been in care for two years or more. These children are unable to live safely at home as they may be at risk of being abused or neglected, or their parents may be unable to provide adequate care.
With 1 in 33 Australian children and young people aged between 0 and 17 years-old in need of care and protection services, it is crucial carers get adequate support and training to build and maintain strong placements.
Emotional abuse is the most common type of abuse children and young people experience. The other types of abuse such as physical, sexual abuse, domestic violence and neglect all involve emotional abuse.
Tammy McKee and Alison Ewington worked together for several years as out-of-home care Case Managers and foster care training and recruitment coordinators. They recognised a need for carers to have more flexible and convenient training options to break down the multiple barriers that prevented them attending ongoing training. With a high volume of placement breakdowns in the sector, they felt strongly that the training needed to be trauma based and relevant to the impact of abuse and neglect on children and young people.
Our services were developed to ensure carers had equality and access to services. At Fostering Growth, we recognise the important role that carers provide caring for Australia’s nearly 50,000 children and young people living in out-of-home care. Our services are aimed at helping children and young people heal from developmental trauma and strengthen relationships between cares and the children they care for.
Fostering Growth is a professional training organisation that values children and young people, their families, carers, and community. As part of the welfare industry we have a genuine empathy for children and young people in out-of-home care and are strong advocates for social justice.
We strive to empower carers and staff by arming them with the most up to date and relevant knowledge across multidisciplinary fields. FCOTA’s courses are specifically designed to reflect areas common to children and young people in out-of-home care.
Fostering Growth supports agencies and government departments by allowing them to focus on their core business of child protection and case management. We develop and deliver flexible high-quality training and services, liaise with carers directly, provide IT support, distribute monthly training reports and certificates to agencies for their records and strengthen the placement of children and young people.
Since launching in 2013, Fostering Growth has expanded our services to include therapeutic restoration services, live training webinars, carer coaching and foster and kin carer reviews and assessments. Our team is experienced and qualified to support agencies in all aspects of services.
Fostering Growth is used in government departments and non-government organisations Australia wide. We are proud to be part of your team.
Fostering Growth acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which we live, learn and prosper. ABN: 61 829 288 154
Tammy is a strong advocate for social justice. She works tirelessly to bring about social change and quality care for children, young people and their families.
Along with 15 years experience working in the out-of-home care sector, Tammy has held positions in Families First, early intervention roles. Tammy is an experienced and motivated trainer and enjoys seeing carers reach their full potential.
Tammy has qualifications in psychology, sociology and marketing. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Alison Ewington is an educator and trainer, qualified in Early Childhood, Social Science and Social Welfare. Alison is a well-respected member of the community service sector and is a Welfare teacher at the Institute of TAFE NSW. Alison has been responsible for a number of professional training programs which included developing and delivering a ‘safe home’ workshop for Child Care staff in NSW on the impact of domestic and family violence on children. Alison was a facilitator of ‘keep them safe’ training to Mandatory reporters when introduced in NSW. As an Out of home care manager Alison has extensive experience working with children, young people and families who have experienced trauma. Alison is involved in all aspects of fostering growth and is an experienced trainer, assessor and reviewer. Alison has a particular interest in training & supporting carers to support the healing of children from abuse, neglect, grief, and loss.