Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter (FISH) has created this website to link you with information that may be helpful if your child has been removed by child protection authorities and placed in out of home care. It may also be helpful if you are worried your child may be removed.
We are parents and workers who have experience of the child protection and out of home care system.
This website contains information that is relevant for families living in New South Wales, Australia. Especially those who live in the Hunter Valley and Central Coast areas.
Going to court
Working with Family & Community Services
Being there for your kids.
“I got a phone call from my Mum saying my son’s been removed from her care. I ran into the school to my children and I got to speak to them in the office for a little while. I had to walk away before the police and DOCS turned up.
"The kids were crying and saying they’d be good.
"I didn’t know what to do. As soon as they were taken, I walked round the corner from the school and just collapsed in the road. My sister and a neighbour had to come get me and I was just screaming. And didn’t know what was happening and didn’t understand why. I thought I was doing everything right."
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