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Our Village Project

Hillsong CityCare Melbourne

Children need families. Families need community.

Our Village Project exists to encourage more people to consider opening their homes to children through home-based care and to provide holistic support for those who do.

INFORMATION SESSION

Find your place in out-of-home care

A session for everyone; raising awareness of the need for Foster Carers and the variety of ways you can serve children and families in your city.

FOSTER CARE: FIRST STEPS

Explore your next steps

A deeper look at the ministry of Foster Care, to help you consider your readiness for it and begin to prepare to welcome a child into your home.

WRAP-AROUND TEAMS

A holistic support system for carers

Equipping a carer’s own support system to provide a range of practical and spiritual support along the journey of Foster or Kinship Care.

OUR VILLAGE GATHERINGS

Supportive communities of carers

Creating supportive and equipping environments in which carers can walk the journey of providing out-of-home care for children, together.

PASTORAL & PRACTICAL SUPPORT

Supportive church communities

Engaging church communities to provide support for carers in a range of ways through pastoral care, practical support, or respite events.

TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAINING

A trauma-informed approach

Equipping Kids & Youth Ministry teams with an understanding of trauma and its impacts, in order to provide programs that are safe and inclusive for all children.

There are almost 45,000 children in Out-of-home Care in Australia and this number has been increasing.

Our Village Project is a response to two key challenges faced in caring for children in Out-of-home Care in our country:

I. ensuring there is an adequate number of families to provide home-based care, and

II. providing comprehensive support for carers to ensure placement stability on a child’s pathway to permanency.

We want to provide loving homes of healing and hope, either for a time or forever, within safe and inclusive communities. We are not all called to foster a child or young person, but we can all do something to support those who are.

Our Village Project is currently being piloted in Melbourne, Victoria.

Get in touch

If you’re a part of Hillsong Melbourne and are a carer, or interested in learning more about Our Village Project, we’d love to connect with you.

Email us at [email protected]