Teegan Bain is a co-founder of Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter Inc (FISH) - a parent and worker collaboration to promote family inclusion in child welfare. She is the mother of five children, including one child in long term care. She is a regular speaker and group facilitator on the topic of family inclusion and its importance to children. Teegan is the first parent peer worker to be employed by an out-of-home care agency in Australia – Life Without Barriers. She is a strong advocate for parents to have a voice within the system and to help them navigate ways to maintain relationships with their children.
“Kids need their parents in their lives – one way or the other.”
The perspectives of parents with children in care are important to children, though are missing from the policy and practice discourse on child welfare in Australia. This webinar will present findings from recent qualitative research that explored parents’ views and experiences of the child protection and out of home care systems. Parents in the study described an ongoing interest in their children’s wellbeing and an enduring parental identity, though they also frequently experienced practice that excluded them from their children’s lives.
Webinar participants will gain an appreciation of parent perspectives, and practical strategies for family inclusion in the interests of children. The work of a parent and worker alliance in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales will also be discussed.