Adaptation of Co-parenthood — A Solution By Aboriginal Families for Aboriginal Families

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Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation, Aboriginal Family Workers Support Group, MacKillop Family Services and Cages Foundation New South Wales

Inspired by a young Aboriginal woman whose son was removed from her care, we’re working with Aboriginal families and practitioners to design a co-parenting model that keeps families together and out of the child protection system.

Currently 37% of children in the OOHC system are Aborginal, despite only making up 2% of the population. A core feature of this project includes building an Aboriginal co-design team of parents, young people and professionals with lived experience who will work alongside Marrin Weejali, TACSI, and MacKillop Family Services to develop, test and implement the model.

The expectation is that this model will be developed for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people, and community gains new practice in program design to develop more effective solutions with autonomy in the future.