WHO WE ARE
Families and Children Tasmania (FACT) focus on the wellbeing of families with children in Tasmania, including children and families at risk, and children in out of home care.
As a member of the Tasmanian Peaks Network, we represent non-government providers and work closely with the Tasmanian Government on key issues that include out of home care, housing, health, education, safety, justice, transport, employment and social inclusion.
FACT represents the 76,490 families and 121,280 children and young people aged between 0 and 19 years of age in Tasmania (Census 2016).
On behalf of our members, we advocate for all children and their families in Tasmania, including the 600+ children and young persons facing homelessness in Tasmania, and the 1000+ children that reside in out of home care.
You can find out more about the state of families and children in Tasmania on our Website @ Know the Facts.
ADVOCACY - Recognising Kinship Carers
FACT is proud to be supporting ACWA and Dr Meredith Kiraly from the University of Melbourne in their research to quantify informal and formal kin and kith care across Australia. FACT is contributing to this project on behalf of Tasmania to better understand the requirements that kin and kith carers require in this state to ensure successful outcomes for the next generation.
ADVOCACY SUCCESS- Home Stretch Campaign
FACT proudly took the lead in supporting the Home Stretch initiative which resulted in Tasmania extending payments for family based foster placements to the age of 21. This was a great start, however it does not include young people in residential care, young people in informal kinship care placements as well as increased support to children in OOHC that are being encouraged to live independently from the age of 16.