Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter

Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter has created this website to link you with information that may be helpful if your child has been removed by child protection authorities and placed in out of home care. It may also be helpful if you are worried your child may be removed.

We are parents and workers who have experience of the child protection and out of home care system.

This website contains information that is relevant for families living in New South Wales, Australia. Especially those who live in the Hunter Valley and Central Coast areas.

“I got a phone call from my Mum saying my son’s been removed from her care. I ran into the school to my children and I got to speak to them in the office for a little while. I had to walk away before the police and DOCS turned up.

“The kids were crying and saying they’d be good.

“I didn’t know what to do. As soon as they were taken, I walked round the corner from the school and just collapsed in the road. My sister and a neighbour had to come get me and I was just screaming. And didn’t know what was happening and didn’t understand why. I thought I was doing everything right.” 

It was really surreal. I didn’t know what
to do or who to go to for support
and help. I felt totally alone.

Need support?

If you are experiencing challenges with mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, homelessness or money, and would like some support, visit our Get Help section.

Culturally-specific services

If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can find culturally-specific services in our local Indigenous support services section.