The Wishing Well foundation – the many ways we can help children heal


The Wishing Well Foundation was established to provide traumatised children and young people in out-of-home care with the therapies and services they might require in order to heal themselves. Most, if not all, children and young people living in out-of-home care arrangements have suffered trauma.  This may have been abuse and/or neglect prior to their removal from their family of origin and/or other subsequent trauma including that associated with a multiple placement history. The future for many of these children is bleak. Well-documented research identifies an inability to maintain relationships, poor education achievement, criminal involvement, mental health problems and high levels of addiction/substance abuse as just some of the likely adverse outcomes for these children and young people.

We offer a number of healing therapies and appropriate therapy interventions to these children and young people so that they can recover from the trauma, abuse and neglect they have suffered and have the opportunity for happy and productive lives. We take referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW, and applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.

Our therapies include, but are not limited to;

Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Educational Support, Tutoring & Remedial Work, Heal For Life Camps, Counselling & Nutritional Guidance. Click here for more information on each form of therapy we offer.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person


The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:




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