Conference for the Millennium

Agenda

 

9.30 am Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome and Introductions

by Councillor Rita Stringfellow

10.15 Sally Bradley QC

11.30 Refreshments

11.45 Noreen O'Faolain

Family Rights Group

1 pm Lunch

2.00 Ruby Harrold-Claesson

President of the Nordic Committee for Human Rights

3.15 Refreshments

3.30 Questions and Close

Organised by Families in Care, St Andrew's Church,
Newgate Street, Newcastle, NE1 5SS
Tel/Fax: 0191230 0977

 

 

Families in Care

Background Information

Families in Care is a charitable organisation providing professional support, advice and therapeutic help for birth parents and other family members whose children are either in the care of the Local Authority or are subject to care / adoption proceedings and therefore at risk of being removed from their families. The project also works with birth parents whose children have been adopted, helping them to come to terms with their loss. Where appropriate and when possible we seek to promote the continuing role of birth families as a positive influence in their children's lives. Support workers are available to attend court, child protection conferences and on occasions facilitate contact between parents and children sometimes at the request of the court.

The project which started in 1986 when a small group of birth parents formed a self help support group now has charitable status and receives grants to finance one part time project administrator and two part time professionally qualified support workers who have many years experience of working with children and families. A management committee of parents and professionals is responsible for major issues affecting the project. Families in Care is recognised by regional child care professionals as well as the local judiciary and adheres to child protection procedures in safeguarding the welfare of all children related to families with whom we work. The Honourable Mr Justice Singer is our patron.

Although Families in Care is based in Newcastle upon Tyne we receive referrals from families and professionals in seven different Local Authority areas in the North East of England. The promotion of self help groups is ongoing and at the present time there are three such groups meeting on a weekly basis in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Newton Aycliffe. Given the ever increasing demand for our service we are constantly seeking to increase our funding in an effort to employ more qualified members of staff.

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