• Supporting students with a parent in prison – Training for Educators

    8 July 2019

    SHINE for Kids is proud to present our Supporting Students with a Parent in Prison – Teacher Training Seminar. Thursday, 11 July 9.30am – 3.00pm OR Wednesday, 17 July 9.30am – 3.00pm Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus FREE

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  • Help SHINE help more kids this financial year

    6 June 2019

    At SHINE for Kids we are passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people affected by the criminal justice system. For over 35 years we have worked together with children and their families to strengthen connection to community and family through education, support & mentoring to help them thrive. With your help we can continue to grow to help more children with a mum or dad in prison.

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  • Volunteers making a world of difference at SHINE

    21 May 2019

    ‘I see our SHINE Volunteers when I step off a plane in Townsville, when I enter a prison in Victoria, when I attend a Child-Parent Visiting Day in Canberra or visit one of SHINE’s 11 Child and Family Centres in NSW. They all wear purple shirts, and have a passion and a commitment to making a difference to the lives of children who have a parent in prison.’

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  • Loretta and Riley to walk across Wales for SHINE

    10 May 2019

    Dedicated SHINE Victoria Volunteer, Loretta and her son Riley will next week walk across Wales in the UK to raise funds for SHINE for Kids. Each year mother and son bond over a significant walk in areas across the globe.

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  • SHINE provides submission to Queensland Productivity Commission Inquiry

    18 April 2019

    SHINE for Kids is pleased to provide a submission to the Queensland Productivity Commission Inquiry into Imprisonment and Recidivism. Our submission will draw on over 30 years of practice, research and advocacy experience on the needs of children of prisoners and the role integrated family support and case management plays in reducing recidivism.

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  • NSW Adoption Laws – Position Statement

    22 November 2018

    SHINE for Kids welcomes the efforts of the NSW Government to improve future outcomes for children and young people in care through proposed amendments to child protection laws, but remains concerned that the implications of such significant changes for children with a parent incarcerated. Children whose parents are incarcerated are over-represented in the out of home care system. SHINE doesn’t want to see children languish in unstable short-term foster placements during ...

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  • Remembering The Hon Ann Symonds AM

    21 November 2018

    It is with sadness we remember our Patron, The Hon Ann Symonds AM who passed away on 15 November 2018. Born in Murwillumbah, Ann died peacefully in Sydney at St Vincent’s Private Hospital following a long period of illness. A former NSW Parliamentarian from 1982 – 1998, Ann was Patron of SHINE for Kids from 1999 until her death. Please join us to celebrate Ann’s life at 2.00 pm on WEDNESDAY ...

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  • 2018 SHINE Annual Review

    16 November 2018

    As children, we were given a gift – the gift to dream. For some children though, their gift to dream gets interrupted or taken away. These simple acts of childhood love are absent because their Mum or Dad is in jail. They forget how to dream. At SHINE, we come together to give kids back their right to dream. We aim to lift that weight of loneliness by reconnecting ...

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  • Pledge your support today to help kids like Jessica SHINE

    19 October 2018

    Imagine being a child and having your mum or dad suddenly taken away from you because they have gone to prison. Unable to open a birthday present together or blow out the candles on your birthday cake. That is the reality for 45,000 children just like Jessica in Australia right now. Ordinary children going through very difficult life circumstances and they are largely invisible. Children like Jessica end up serving their ...

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  • Family jail sentence: the ripple effect of losing a parent to prison

    14 February 2018

    Valued SHINE volunteer, Dennis van Someren spoke to Richard Fidler on ABC Conversations in an hour-long interview about his personal story and why he volunteers for SHINE for Kids. Dennis’ happy family life was destroyed in the 1960s, when he was just 12 years old. His popular and respected father, an accountant, was charged with corporate fraud, and eventually jailed. The outcome for Dennis’ parents and siblings was dire. ...

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