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A Better Life For Foster Kids

Based in Gippsland, Victoria, A Better Life for Foster Kids (ABLFFK) was founded in 2014 by Heather Baird, who herself grew up in foster care. ABLFFK works to improve short and long-term physical, educational and psycho-social outcomes for children in foster care and kinship care. Our aim is to preserve children’s dignity, improve their feelings of self-worth and lessen social stigma. We provide material assistance to children in care, as well as advocacy and support for carers to help them navigate the out of home care system. ABLFFK is unique in providing Crisis Cases, which contain all the clothing and essential items required for the first week of care, where and when they are needed by carers, without administrative red tape. As a small but growing non-profit with an enormous amount of community and volunteer support, each year we have been able to provide Crisis Cases to approximately 15% of the 10,000 children in care in Victoria.