Join with Save the Children to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture


What’s happening?

There is a great over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of- home car. At the moment, there are almost 15,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care and that number is expected to triple over the next few decades. They are 9.5 times more likely to be removed by child protection authorities than non-Indigenous children, and 10 times more likely to be removed into government supported services. This is a national crisis and they deserve to grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

To address this, the Family Matters coalition is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to be adopted by state and federal governments. Save the Children is a leading child rights organisation and a key partner with the Family Matters campaign. Save the Children have delivered early childhood services for children under six years old, as well as parenting support programs, and have 100 sites across Australia in urban, rural and remote areas.

You can support the Family Matters: Strong Communities. Strong culture. Stronger children campaign by signing up with Family Matters or find out more by visiting Save the Children:

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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