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Welcome to FIN Victoria

Aims

Family Inclusion Network Victoria Inc. (FIN Victoria) provides information to professionals, parents, families and the community concerning the importance of family inclusion in child protection practice.  FIN Victoria 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 conducted by Anglicare highlights 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

FIN Victoria is working towards greater support and participation for familiesvia information provided on this website, community awareness campaigns and promoting useful research and resources.

Video summary of the Anglicare research project.

History

The Family Inclusion Network grew fromcollaborative 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.


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