Aboriginal families and children in care will have improved access to culturally-safe legal and social support following the launch of a new specialist service aimed at keeping families together.
The Family Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (FamAC) is an Aboriginal-led service of Legal Aid NSW comprising of lawyers and allied professionals, who can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children in family law or care & protection matters.
Solicitor in Charge Bianca Dufty, a Ngemba and Gamilaraay woman, said the launch, which coincides with the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, was about self-determination and keeping children connected to kin and culture.
The service will provide outreach to regional areas like Moree/New England, Northern Rivers, Western NSW and the Far South Coast including Moruya, Wallaja Lake and Batemans Bay. FamAC will also offer duty lawyer services in the Specialist Indigenous Lists at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Sydney and recently received additional funding to expand with three field officers located in Parramatta, Tamworth and Lismore.
For more infomation, including contact details on the Family Law Service for Aboriginal Communities webpage.