About Us

CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body for children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. We support children and young people from 0-25 who are currently in, or have experience in foster care, kinship care, permanent care or residential care. We want all children and young people with a care experience to reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To create a better life for children and young people in care.

To do this we;

Connect

Connect

children and young people to each other, CREATE and their community

to Empower

Empower

children and young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and skills that enable them to have a voice and be heard

to Change

Change

the care system, in consultation with children and young people, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services, and increase community awareness

Core Principles

What we value

Our Story

CREATE's Journey

In 1993, Jan Owen AM formed the Australian Association of Children and Young People in Care (AAYPIC), a variety of state and territory groups that aimed to give children and young people in care a say in the decisions that affect them. It was in March 1999 that AAYPIC networks met in Brisbane to form one combined organisation and call it CREATE – not an acronym but an action – meaning to ‘create opportunities with and for children and young people in care.’

Over 20 years, led by the courage, strength and youth advocacy of our Young Consultants, CREATE has contributed to many significant improvements to the care system, including;

  • The introduction of transition from care and post care services and legislation in each state a territory
  • The development of a Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care in each state and territory
  • The establishment of a National Children’s Commissioner
  • The development of National Standards for Out-of-Home Care
  • Accreditation of service providers in Out-of-Home care

CREATE has grown significantly from its humble beginnings at garages and community halls across Australia, and is now a national organisation with offices in each state and territory with almost 50 staff and over 26,000 children and young people with a care experience as clubCREATE  members. While we’ve grown, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our vision that all children and young people with a care experience reach their full potential. Our model of  Connect to Empower to Change has helped us play a vital role in the care sector today by ensuring the voices of children and young people are at the centre of decision making and heard loud and clear.

In 2019, to celebrate CREATE’s 20th Birthday, we put together a booklet of some of the highlights of our achievements in those 20 years.

Read this article by CREATE’s Executive Director of Research, Joseph McDowall to learn more about CREATE and our history.

“CREATE has opened up so many doors for me to advocate on behalf of young people to make their experience better. They gave me a safe environment when I did not know any. I have made lifelong friends. I will never forget what CREATE has done for me, CREATE is so important to ensure the next generation of kids have someone to speak up for them”

Chris Ticehurst, CREATE Young Consultant

"CREATE’s very existence is a testament to the courage and resilience of children and young people in care across Australia. Our story recognises all those who have made us who we are today and celebrate the power and courage of children and young people with a care experience who have stood up and used their voice to CREATE a better care system."

Jacqui Reed, CEO CREATE Foundation

CREATE's Strategic Plan

CREATE Foundation’s 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan drives our commitment to improving the lives of children and young people with a care experience. It outlines our vision, mission, core principles, and goals for the next three years.

CREATE’s strategic direction is informed and developed after extensive consultations. This includes consultations with children and young people held at state level. Once collated this information informs discussions at state and national level to fine tune our direction for the future. CREATE also conducts stakeholder consultations with the sector, and hosts several business area brainstorming sessions that include Board Members. Once all the feedback is received it is collated and a draft plan is developed. This is then provided back to children and young people and staff for comment and the final step is securing Board approval.

CREATE's Strategic Plan 2018-2021

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