Sudbury House, Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Centre and The Smith Family
In term 4 of 2015, the program moved to the Wadjak Resource Centre.
This Centre is open-plan, and looks out to a big backyard. The numbers of children attending began to increase.
and a child on camp
led to the idea of the
Tree of Life
‘but we don’t have what you have,
we are foster kids’
Those agencies were Mirrabooka CPFS, Sudbury Community House, and Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Resource Centre. At first, these agencies were working hard by themselves, doing what they could with their own resources and skills and ideas:
Today the Tree of Life is flourishing. There are over 30 children registered in the program, over 10 Aboriginal mentors working with the children each week. It is an innovative new program that has been running since 2015. It works with Aboriginal Children who are in out of home care, and those who are at risk, and connects them to their culture, and their community.
There are great relationships with the children, connections with Case Workers, Mentors being trained, records being kept, good policies and procedures, and evaluations trialled.