Caitlin Lance Hope

How to connect and find your people – building a sense of belonging

“Roots and wings!” She exclaimed, “roots and wings! It’s our job, as mothers, to strengthen their roots so that wherever they are, they can fly.” So said one of the most wonderful friends I’ve ever made in a lifetime of moving around.We were sitting in her kitchen one day, talking about our kids and our …

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Why Unregulated Children’s Homes Are Problematic

Recently, I watched this news item about unregulated children’s homes in the UK.   Unregulated homes are a global problem. Unregulated means there is no clear minimum standards or national inspection framework or license system. Homes can operate as they wish. This can also apply outside children’s homes to unregulated foster care, kinship care or reunification …

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Being and feeling safe – what’s the brain got to do with it?!

Why is safety so important? I’m going to leap straight in today and introduce you to a favourite friend of mine. Not your usual friend. An organ friend… You didn’t see that one coming did you?! Well, possibly the picture gave it away… Meet Brain. This should probably come with a warning – the brain …

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What exactly does it mean to thrive? Here’s an (extended) definition!

  Over the last twelve months we’ve developed a little equation to help sum up our vision and our work: Safe  +  Belong  =  Thrive “A place to be and feel safe plus somewhere to belong equals the best chance to thrive”.  Welcome to the first post in a new series for 2020. Each month …

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Why the world doesn’t have an orphanage problem…

or  Changing the conversation about caring for vulnerable children.  Oops… it seems we might’ve got this backwards?! Recently we’ve been preparing for a website update. After a couple of years of huge change and growth for SFAC, much of our current site is out of date.  Thinking about what we wanted our website to say …

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2018 – Growing pains are worthwhile when they mean more children end up in safe families!

2018 was a huge year of growth and change for us – so huge it’s taken us until the end of February to catch our breath and tell you about it! We travelled from East to West to work with over 30 organisations on their journey to improve the way they care for children and …

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Life Outside the Comfort Zone – an interview with author, Mick Pease

Mick Pease talks about following his calling, stretching his own belief in what he could achieve… and becoming an author. Your book,  Children Belong in Families,  is now officially out. How does it feel to be a published author? Weird – it feels really weird. I am proud of it and of what I have achieved, although …

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Missing family… the pain of separation and the choices we make.

When you live half a world away from your family missing them is a permanent undercurrent of life. Mostly sitting below the surface, sometimes it pops up and surprises you. Other times it can feel like a physical ache. This past Sunday was Mother’s Day in Australia and yesterday (May 15) was International Day of …

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