AccessEAP has partnered with the Curran Access Children’s Foundation to provide welfare for families and children in need via numerous projects.
The Curran Access Children’s Foundation (the Foundation) was established as a trust in April 2007. The Foundation’s purpose is to provide cash, equipment or other property to relieve poverty, sickness, destitution, suffering, distress, disability, helplessness and / or misfortune with respect to children.
The Foundation's Board have decided to support specific programs to benefit children at risk in the community, through organisations such as Parent Infant Family Australia (PIFA) and programs such as H.O.P.E. View a short video on H.O.P.E here.
Parent Infant Family Australia (PIFA) was established in 1998 to offer parenting support to vulnerable families of children from birth to 5 years of age. In 2005, PIFA commenced an Aboriginal Home Visiting Program to support Aboriginal families during their children’s early years. The program is a powerful way to combat the disproportionately high burden of negative health and social outcomes in Aboriginal communities. The program includes at least a weekly home visit from a counsellor, 24 hours telephone follow up from the same consultant, availability of parenting groups and referral and advocacy to other services.
The home visiting program aims to:
- Help aboriginal families to get though the hard times when they might feeling down or worried
- Help aboriginal families strengthen the bond with their babies keeping them safe and secure
- Improve the confidence in parenting and in their relationship with their children
- Create a positive effect on self-esteem of parents and gives children a good role model
Since April 2011, seven PIFA workers have worked with 14 Aboriginal Families and 25 children, ranging from pregnancy to eight years. Families in PIFA’s Aboriginal programs often speak of an overwhelming and deep sense of powerlessness. This sense of powerlessness and experience of generational violence is often coped with by turning to alcohol and drugs. Research clearly shows that parents who are abusing substances have trouble balancing the needs of their children with their drug use. This causes problems for children of all ages but for infants whose brains are ‘experience dependent’ for development to occur, the long term results can be devastating.
PIFA has enhanced the lives of indigenous families by supporting children during their early years and by working alongside their parents. The Aboriginal Home Visiting Program provides long term, intensive and individual psychological help to vulnerable indigenous parents of children from birth to five years. Losses and trauma experienced in the present and across the generations can adversely affect people’s capacity to nurture and protect their own children.