Supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families & communities

We’re passionate about working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities across Queensland.

We have a strong focus on making sure children and families receive culturally appropriate support and we’re committed to helping address the issue of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

A 2016 survey commissioned by the QFCC revealed:

  • almost half (47%) of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander parents surveyed said they have, at times, found it hard to cope with the stress of being a parent or caregiver
  • the most common life stressors were the death of a close family member or friend, overcrowding at home and alcohol-related problems
  • three-quarters (76%) of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander parents surveyed had experienced financial stress in the past year
  • of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander parents surveyed, 17% had used a parenting support service or attended a parenting education program – and 99% of those said it made a positive difference for them.

Through our Talking Families initiative, we work to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to ask for help and seek out support services early – before reaching crisis point.

Find out more about how we’re working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to help strengthen the child and family support sector.

29 June 2018