Barnardos Australia works in partnership with Narang Bir-rong to find foster carers for Aboriginal children.
About Narang Bir-rong
Narang Bir-rong (meaning “Little Stars”) was formally known as Link-Up Family Services. It was funded by the NSW Department of Community Services and was established in 2007 to provide out of home care for Aboriginal children and young people who cannot remain at home due to abuse and/or neglect.
This service targets the Sydney Metropolitan West Region covering Auburn to Mt Victoria, Wisemans Ferry, Penrith, Blacktown, Merrylands and the Blue Mountains.
The Narang Bir-rong office is located at Barnardos' Penrith Children's Family Centre where it currently operates and will be supported until it returns to Aboriginal community control.
What we do
Narang Bir-rong recruits, trains and supports Aboriginal out of home carers, and case manages children and young people in out of home care. Narang Bir-rong places Aboriginal children and young people in care situations that support their individual identity and self-esteem and that meet their social, emotional and behavioural needs.
What we believe
Narang Bir-rong believes that Aboriginal children are best raised by their own families however, when they are unable to remain at home, they should maintain connections with their community and kin.
Narang Bir-rong offers support to carers who have children or young persons in their care as a result of family kinship ties, and monitors the care of these children. All potential carers are assessed regardless of their relationship to the child or young person as the need for support and supervision are always based on the findings of the assessment.
Narang Bir-rong ensures that the child or young persons' family or kinship group are involved in all aspects of work such as case planning, providing support, reviewing and monitoring case plans and planning for children or young people to exit care.
Narang Bir-rong ensures that only people best able to meet the individual needs of children and young people are recruited as authorised carers and that carers receive appropriate training and on-going support for their roles. Narang Bir-rong also provides carers with opportunities to participate in decisions such as case planning and implementation and developing exit plans, and that carers have their rights upheld.
Narang Bir-rong is always looking for more Aboriginal carers. If you would like to know more or are interested in becoming a carer please contact us:
Post Office Box 79
Cranebrook NSW 2749
Phone: (02) 4729 1677
Fax: (02) 4729 1908
For more information about Narang Bir-rang please download our brochure.