General Resources

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Gender Identity Information

The Qld Children's Hospital has put together some documents in regards to gender identity. For further information please click on the links below:

Gender Identity Booklet

Sexuality Booklet


Transition to Independence

Have you heard of Sortli? An App all about ‘How to Adult’ designed by young people for young people

Sortli App

Sortli (short for ‘sort out your life’) is a free mobile app for young people to help them with their transition to adulthood. It focuses on eight key areas of identity, relationships, finding a place to live, health, finances, gaining education and looking for a job, legal matters and general living skills. Sortli is full of useful information  and tools (including a budget calculator) to help young people on their way to becoming adults.  Sortli was developed by young people who were growing into adulthood from the foster, kinship and residential care backgrounds but is relevant for all young people on the journey to adulthood.

Young people can use Sortli independently or assisted by carers, parents or support workers as part of their planning for adulthood.  Download Sortli from the app stores now or for more information head to:

You can also check out a video about Sortli here:

Why use sortli?

• Fun and easy-to-navigate

• Access to links and resources for everything young people need to think of when becoming an adult

• Goal lists to set personal goals and milestones to keep track of progress and celebrate successes

• A budget calculator to help young people to manage their finances and ensure their income covers their expenses

• Helps to engage young people to think about their future goals and how they see themselves living as independent adults in their community

• Free download for iPhone, Android or Microsoft

For more information contact:

Paris Hambridge@CREATE Foundation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02 9267 1999)

Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022
Carer Connect - Partners in care

Carer Connect is a web and mobile friendly app being developed to provide carers with improved access to information and support.

For more information download the Carer Connect flyer

Helping with the cost of early childhood education

From 1 July 2017, foster and kinship carers will receive a minimum gap cost payment of at least $40 per week ($2000 per year) for each child attending an approved early childhood education program.

Click here to find out more

Sarah McMurtrie’s Articles, Tips and Ideas to Support Carers, Parents, Caseworkers and Teachers

Sarah McMurtrie is a teacher, writer and imminent psychologist specialising in supporting traumatised children and adolescents. Sarah is also the author of UNTWIST which is a trauma informed care tool designed to facilitate meaningful connection and communication with displaced children, especially adolescents aged 10 to 17 years.

Below are some links and also articles which Sarah has shared:

Untwist Order Form

Trauma Booklet

Helping Children to Regulate Their Emotions Fact Sheet


Useful Links:







Brene Brown

Explores effects of Shame. Researched based. Great ideas to consider

Dan Siegel

Supports our understanding of children’s behaviour- with a great hand/brain model of what happens when students ‘flip out’-  Enhances self awareness/emotional regulation. Author of :‘ No Drama Discipline’ +  ‘ Parenting from the Inside Out’


Dan Siegel

Connecting to Calm- A  must see if you have a teenager!

Bruce Perry

He’s Honey pot of sites and resources for children that have experienced trauma.

Dan Hughes

PACE model. (Therapeutic Care)- holds workshops in Australia- worth seeing!

Josh Shipp

Great ted talks. (Previously a child in care- focus on supporting teens)


Amy Cubby

Power of positive body posture







Australian Childhood Foundation

Check their resources page- free to down load

The Child Trauma Academy

Posts useful info

The Australian Child  & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network

Posts useful info

Science of the Greater Good

Worth subscribing to great useful emails.




Calmer Classrooms

Make sure your child’s school/ teacher have these resources (lots of OT resources: chew stixx, pencil toppers, Fidgipods)- worth subscribing to her mailing list- lots of good ideas. check out the short films- “Room to Breathe”





Environments have the ability to change our mood. McDonalds or a candle lit dinner? Our tummy gets full either way but the experience is different.  Lighting, furniture, music + sensory tools can have a significant impact in a childs ability to calm/ self sooth.

Chat to your local OT. Most have great sites or resources to share- worth asking them!





Supports children’s ability to be Calm, present + engaged. Mindfulness in schools) ( Sydney Uni mindfulness in school project)


FREE. There are 100’s – the following are worth starting with…

Calm ( image: word calm in white writing) Headspace ( image: orange dot), Smiling Mind  ( Image: cloud- smile) Relax Melodies (Image: moon. Has good sleep stories),            Happify ( Image: letter ‘h’) Colourfly ( Image: swan)

Beyond Expectations

beyond expectations

Get Started - Funding to Help Kids Participate

Get Started is one of three funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level. Get Started assists children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or recreation club.

Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) have advised that they have funding available for up to $150 to eligible children and young people (5 years to 17 years inclusive), which can help pay for the cost of sport or recreation club membership, and/or participation fees through registered Get Started Vouchers clubs.

 The full details are available and eligibility requirements are outlined by clicking on the following online link link or viewing the Fact Sheet below 

Please note:

The vouchers are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Once they have been allocated for the round, then the round closes. It is recommended to submit referral applications as quickly as possible to avoid missing out.

Click Here to Download the Flyer Here

Carer Business Discount Card

Your Carer Business Discount Card gives you access to great savings and services at thousands of participating businesses across the state. Keeps your car running smoothly, get a great price on your home insurance, or enjoy a discounted night out.

Download the Flyer Here

The History of Foster Care Queensland