The Family Inclusion Network Victoria Inc. (FINV) provides information to parents, families, professionals and the community concerning the importance of family inclusion in child protection practice. FINV aims to ensure parents and family members have access to information, support and advocacy to participate in the child protection process in an empowered way.
Research highlights the many issues faced by parents when dealing with Child Protection services and identifies what parents find most helpful:
Access to information that is easy to understand
Consistency and mutual accountability
Support and advocacy
- Participation in decision making
FINV works to ensure greater support and participation for parents and families to contribute to better child protection outcomes. You can view a presentation about our work here.
The Family Inclusion Network grew from collaborative affiliations between parents, academics and community workers concerned about the impact of child removal on families and outcomes for children leaving care. Two groups, from Western Australia and Townsville (QLD), formed a link in 2004 establishing the foundation of the Family Inclusion Network. Other states have since established their own branches. The Victorian branch of FIN was officially incorporated in December 2013.
In 2011 Family Inclusion Network Australia (FINA) was established to:
"... represent member Family Inclusion Networks from throughout Australia when aiming to support and advocate for the rightful place of parents, family and community as key stakeholders when children are involved in the child protection system."
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land.
Associations Incorporation No. A0060445T