How Barnardos helps Indigenous children.

Barnardos is a children’s charity focused on the preservation of family and protecting children from abuse and neglect.

We are committed to providing Aboriginal communities and organisations with the training, eSources and support they need to care for their children.

We work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to build strong Aboriginal Out-of-Home-Care agencies that ensure Aboriginal children who are unable to live at home are cared for by their kin or Aboriginal foster carers.

We acknowledge adoption is culturally inappropriate for Aboriginal cultures.

About Indigenous children

Indigenous children have more extensive and complex family relationships than most non-indigenous children. They also struggle on a daily basis with the long-term effects of the Stolen Generation and ongoing deprivation.

Barnardos Australia provides an extensive range of services to help Indigenous children and their families including:

  • Parent education and counselling
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Foster care
  • Yuranha Walan
  • Indigenous Learning Centre program
  • Temporary foster care (short-term, crisis and respite care)
  • Mental health support
  • Kinship care
  • Family and domestic violence support

For more information see our snapshot of Australia’s Indigenous children fact sheet.

Australia's Indigenous children fact sheets