2020 in Review: James’ Story

James is a 19-year old clubCREATE member from Queensland. We recently chatted to James about how 2020 was for him – the ups, the downs and everything inbetween, and talked about how he has come out the other side. James is also a talented artist, who entered art in the Queensland art competition, and had […]

Family, culture and connection – Sonja shares her story

One of our Young Consultants and Influencing Committee members Sonja recently shared with us her experience of reconnecting with her dad. Through making contact with her father, Sonja was able to also reconnect and understand more about her Aboriginal heritage, find her mob, and was able to connect with a whole extended family she never […]

Hear our Voices! CREATE advocacy during COVID-19

Advocacy with young people

If you’re finding things hard and need some support, or you need information about services or coronavirus, visit our COVID-19 update blog. If you’re wondering how this will impact you as a child or young person with a care experience, visit out COVID-19 FAQs. If you’re looking for ideas of what you can do at […]

CREATE Young Consultants help Navigate Your Health

The Navigate Your Health Project Navigate Your Health is a two-year pilot initiative by Children’s Health Queensland, Queensland’s Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. The initiative aims to improve health outcomes for children and young people in care and was designed with help from […]

Helping young people find hope: Jayden’s call for ongoing mental health support

CREATE is lucky to have Youth Facilitator positions at some of our offices around Australia. The Youth Facilitator position is reserved for young people with a care experience and can often be ideal for CREATE Young Consultants wanting to take the next step with us. Jayden is CREATE’s Youth Facilitator in Townsville and recently wrote […]

Young people CREATE the momentum for change in 2018

Extending the leaving care age to 21 in Australia

This year has been momentous in terms of CREATE’s advocacy for all state and territory governments to provide an option, whereby the provision of care can be extended to any young person until 21 years. For some young people this would include support for them to stay with foster and kinship carers, for other young […]

Equals Happiness: One Young Person’s Own Words About Her Care Experience

This beautiful poem was written by one of our clubCREATE members for a school English assignment about her experience of being in care. This is the first poem she has ever written, and by sharing her own experience she is helping others to understand what it’s like to be a young person in care. We have […]

What family means to Keyarnee

National Families Week is a chance to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society and to take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children especially as they grow. At CREATE, we know that family isn’t just your blood relations and can be those special […]

Brittany’s Leaving Care Journey

23 year old Brittany from Victoria left care when she was 18 years old and has gone from strength to strength. “It was not easy being in care. I entered care at the age of one, but my time in care became very unstable around the age of 11”, Brittany says. “I didn’t start out […]