Last September the inaugural Aboriginal Dads forum was held at the Aboriginal Advancement League in Thornbury. CPS Koori Liaison Officer Ron Briggs played an integral role in bringing together several agencies and organising the well-attended event. Believed to be the first of its kind, the forum provided Aboriginal fathers the opportunity to gather in a culturally safe environment and express their concerns about the unique and significant challenges faced by Aboriginal fathers in fulfilling their role, and consequently the serious community impacts. Dharik Maman (Stand Up Father) We are pleased to report the group has gained momentum and starting 29 January will meet fortnightly to forge a way forward in a bid to strengthen Aboriginal families and communities. It is anticipated the following will be part of these gatherings going forward; Fathers coming together and sharing their stories of fatherhood and information around the importance of being a dad; Passing on your knowledge to others as we have done for thousands of years; Rights of fathers living in the city; How culture plays an important part in the upbringing of our children; Aboriginal dads coming together and just being dads; The importance of fathers in family life when breakdown in relationships occurs; The lifelong effect of breakdowns and absence of a father on our children; information and finding out how to stay connected to our children and also build stronger relationships with our partners. To be part of our Aboriginal Dads Group please contact Ron Briggs at email@example.com or call Ron on 0408 401 775.Read the story
Please be aware CPS will be closed from Friday 25 December and will reopen Monday 4 January. We'd like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and donors who again played such a vital part this year in helping and encouraging us as we provide meaningful, wide ranging support for vulnerable families and children. CPS wishes you and our clients a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.