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Adoptions plummet despite reforms making it easier for carers to adopt

The number of children being adopted out of the child protection system in New South Wales has plummeted by 60 per cent since 2020 despite reforms to make it easier for foster carers to adopt. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Families Research Safeguarding

New study looks to reduce child maltreatment in the home

New Australian Catholic University research has identified a complex interplay of child, parental, and contextual factors associated with the maltreatment of children by their families.

Families Health

Mercy Health opens Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre

Mercy Health has officially opened the Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre, which will provide crucial day-stay and longer residential-stay programs for children aged up to four years old.

Families HIgher Education

Hungary’s president visits Campion College

Catholic liberal arts college Campion College has enjoyed its first visit from a head of state: Hungarian President Katalin Novák. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Families Mental Health

How learning about the traumas of your past can help build a brighter future

MacKillop Family Services and Deakin University have conducted a world-first, evidence-based evaluation of a therapeutic program that has outlined how it supports children and young people in care to heal from trauma.

Education Families

Catholic School Parents Australia wants national policy on role of families

Catholic School Parents Australia executive members met with Education Minister Jason Clare last week and discussed “crucial matters” relating to the role families have in the learning and wellbeing of children.

Families Safeguarding

Kids feeling at risk of abuse turn mainly to mum

An Australian Catholic University study has found that children aged 10 to 18 are most likely to turn to their mother, followed by a trusted friend, and then their father when they feel at risk of sexual abuse. Source: The Australian. 

Families Vatican

Vatican launches compact for families with Pope’s support

Pope Francis urged Catholics not to resign themselves to “the decline of the family” in a letter released for the launch of a Vatican compact for families. Source: CNS.

Families Science

Pope acknowledges 70 years of the ‘Billings revolution’

In a message to participants in the WOOMB International Congress in Rome on the 70th anniversary of the Billings Ovulation Method, Pope Francis highlighted the method’s ongoing contribution to the understanding of human sexuality. Source: Vatican News.