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Kirrawe Intensive Support Service

Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation

There are currently over 15,000 Indigenous children in out-of-home care across Australia. Since Kevin Rudd made the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, the numbers have risen by 65 per cent. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people make up almost 6 per cent of the population aged 0-17 years in Australia, they represent upwards of 35 per cent living in out-of-home care, with Indigenous children aged 1-4 being 11 times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-indigenous children in the same age group. Neglect has been identified as the most common form of child abuse among Indigenous children. 

Why we are doing this

Kirrawe as a registered Indigenous Charity, is dedicated to 'closing the gap' by working with Indigenous families to rebuild those lives affected by the cycles of inter-generational trauma; alcohol and drug misuse; domestic/family violence; unemployment; poverty; homelessness, and child neglect.

Research, including the Bringing them Home Report (1997) along with information from the recent Queensland Family Matters Forum has found 'that removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families is a deeply traumatic experience, for the child, the family and their extended community. Evidence shows childhood trauma has the potential to interrupt the normal physical, emotional and mental development of a child and can cause immeasurable social and psychological damage across a person’s lifetime'.

What we can do

Kirrawe has developed the Kirrawe Intensive Support Service (KISS) to work with families at the beginning of the child protection continuum, to prevent their problems escalating to crisis level, and prevent Statutory Intervention.

How we can do this

Through the KISS program families will be assisted to identify issues, develop strategies then set goals to keep their children safe at home. The program is structured using a strengths based approach, and empowers families to make changes in their lives and prevent the breakdown of the family unit.

Are donations tax deductible? Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.

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