Improving the lives of children living in foster and kinship care
A record 2,000 Victorian children under five years of age now live in foster or kinship care and are at high risk of continuing the cycle of disadvantage through school and adulthood.
United Way Australia is working to ensure the state’s most vulnerable children access quality early learning experiences, providing early childhood support to targeted groups of children experiencing high levels of developmental vulnerability.
Thanks to support from the Ian Potter Foundation, Perpetual and the Victorian government we were able to expand our early childhood initiatives in 2016, partnering with Ozchild, Anglicare, Berry Street and Connections to bring children in foster and kinship care quality books and early learning support through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The expansion aligns directly with the Victorian government’s ‘Vulnerable Children Strategy: Our Shared Responsibility’, which highlights the need for earlier family support, education as a pathway out of inter-generational disadvantage, and greater collaboration to improve the education and wellbeing of children in foster and kinship care.
In providing books and early childhood development support, United Way Australia and our partners are helping some of the state’s most vulnerable children start school prepared, giving them the chance to make the most of their education and break the cycle of low literacy and disadvantage.