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.
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.
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.
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]