Our Mission and Objectives

Family Inclusion Strategies Hunter (FISH) is a group of practitioners, parents, family members and carers who formed to promote family inclusion in the lives of children in child protection and out of home care and family inclusive practice in the child protection and out of home care service system.

Our mission is simple…

We want better outcomes for children and young people in the child protection system and in out-of-home care.

Family inclusion will contribute to better outcomes, including higher rates of family preservation, restoration and improved family relationships and overall wellbeing for children in long term care. The voices and actions of parents and family are needed to make this happen.

FISH formed because we want children and young people in child protection and out-of-home care systems to have better relationships with their families and for their families to be actively and respectfully included in their lives.

Our Objectives


To advocate

To promote and advocate for the respectful inclusion of families in out of home care and child protection systems and practice.


To amplify

To amplify the voices of parents, family and children in discussions about child protection and out of home care.


To identify

To identify and make visible family inclusive practice when it happens to generate learning and change in the broader system.

To collaborate

To actively partner with, and learn from, the lived experiences of families and children. Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter will model collaboration and partnership between practice, research, parents, family and children in the Hunter Valley.


To question

To question conventional thinking, concepts and ways of working which may be counter to family inclusiveness and to improving children’s outcomes through family inclusion.


To solve

To generate solutions and strategies for better practice.

To improve

To improve access to information and support for parents and families that is easy to understand.

Do you have a question?

If you require some additional direction or support, feel free to send us an email.