Family service celebrates 40 years | PHOTOS

The Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) centre at Ceduna celebrated the organisation’s 40th birthday on Wednesday with a day of family fun.

The event was a community celebration which included a barbecue lunch and fun activities for children such as jumping castles, arts and crafts, face painting and music.

AFSS Ceduna manager Katharine Micka said they were proud to be part of the celebration.

“It’s fantastic and shows we are doing a great job and are needed,” she said.

“AFSS has been in Ceduna since 2009, but has been going overall for 40 years and is a South Australia-only organisation.”

AFSS senior manager of regional services Tom Steeples said there were more than 250 staff members across 22 sites, with over 200 foster and kinship carers supported, and about 100 children assisted in various types of support networks.

“It makes us feel proud, and it is important that we link with a community and ensure that a child’s voice is at the centre of what we do.”

Ms Micka said AFSS provided a number of different types of care and services, including foster care, strong families – which works with families and communities to ensure children were not removed or could return to a family – the community well-being service which helps to strengthen communities, a program to support Aboriginal children with disabilities, and a gambling helpline.

She said there were also cultural officers to make sure what is undertaken is culturally appropriate, while AFSS were also part with court proceedings involving Aboriginal children.