Join with Save the Children to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children


What’s happening?

A report released by the ‘Family Matters’ campaign shows a shocking trend whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now nearly ten times as likely to be removed from their family as non-Indigenous children – a disparity which continues to grow. This is despite some increased focus and attention from various governments. The disproportionate representation of these children, and the failure to adequately provide for their wellbeing and ensure fulfilment of their rights, are characteristics common to all states and territories across Australia.

Professor Muriel Bamblett, one of Australia’s leading experts on Aboriginal child welfare, says there is a distinct lack of early intervention for families in need of support.

“The issue is clearly related to poverty and the level of disadvantage that Aboriginal communities experience. The stats tell us that 88% of children in care in Victoria, for example, are there because of family violence, drugs and alcohol, mental health etc. But have we got an effective approach to these issues that stem from poverty and neglect? No.” – Professor Muriel Bamblett

Save the Children’s efforts

Save the Children is calling for a change in approach. An approach that trusts Aboriginal people to deal with Aboriginal business, one that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term all of government support across the country. We must secure access to quality universal and targeted services necessary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive.

How you can help

Join with Save the Children and make the ‘Family Matters’ pledge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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