We help parents and families impacted by the child protection system.
The Family Inclusion Network Victoria Inc. (FINV) is a non-profit association operated by parents impacted by the child protection system and their supporters. FINV works to ensure families have access to information, support and advocacy to participate in the child protection process in an empowered way and to contribute to better child protection outcomes.
What we need the community to know
Parents and families involved with the child protection system want the community to know that having child protection in your life does not mean you are a necessarily a bad parent and don't love or care about your children.
The newspaper headlines that strike fear and loathing into the hearts of the public relate to extreme cases. The failings of our child protection system sometimes leads to children not being removed, or being returned to families, only to suffer extreme abuse. But these failings also lead to children being removed when they should not be, or not being returned when it would be safe and in their best interests to do so. Rarely do these stories make the headlines, but we know through our daily contact with families, and from various research projects, that once you are in the system it can be incredibly difficult and scary to navigate your way out.
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.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land.
Associations Incorporation No. A0060445T