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      ADM recognises the contribution of foster carers with change to paid parental leave policy     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      There were over 57,200 children living in out-of-home care in Australia during 2016–2017*. That’s roughly the same population as Wagga Wagga, Hervey Bay or Mildura. And each year, the number of children in out-of-home care grows.   It is foster carers who step up to provide safe and loving homes for these vulnerable children. While sometimes this is only for a short time, until they can be reunited with their biological families, for other children, this move may be permanent, as they remain in long-term care or go on to be adopted, often by their foster-care families.  For many foster-care families, paid parental leave is unavailable when they welcome a new child into their home, adding employment and financial strain at a time when they most need support. Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) is seeking to address this issue through a change in its paid parental leave policy, giving the same access to paid and unpaid parental leave to employees who receive long-term foster care or kinship-care placements as those employees who have biological children or adopt. The change to ADM’s policy also includes a provision for short-term carers to access paid parental leave.  Catherine Stephenson, Anglicare Community Services Out-of-Home Care Manager welcomes this change:      
   
     “ This is a great initiative from ADM. It dovetails well with Anglicare Out-of-Home Care’s initiative to encourage Christian people to become foster carers. Fostering is a wonderful way to show a child or young person the love of Christ, by providing a caring Christian home, and the opportunity to be part of a local church community.  We congratulate ADM on this innovative  and important enterprise. ” 
   
  
 
     Through this update, ADM seeks to recognises that we, as Christians, have a responsibility to not only care for our own biological or adopted children, but to care for the most vulnerable children in our society, and to empower employees to live this out in real and practical ways.  CEO of ADM, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan, reflects on this update: “ADM has built further on our practical commitment to see women and men flourish in Kingdom work by extending our parental leave policy. I’m proud of us as an organisation, for the way we have recognised the value of parents by providing a benchmark parental leave policy. This is an incredibly important extension that reflects our belief that, as Christians, we have all been adopted into God’s family.”  Providing foster parents with paid parental leave can be a significant step towards ensuring the success of a foster-care placement, as the most critical time for the bonding and attachment of a new child is when he or she first arrives in a new family. Paid parental leave means that the primary caregiver can be at home full-time with the child, or children, in their care. Having access to paid leave may also reduce the financial strain on foster families and relieve the burden of worrying about returning to employment while caring for a foster child.  Dr Harrison Brennan adds: “We hope this change encourages other organisations to look at their parental leave policies and consider how they might support employees who are already foster carers or are considering becoming carers.”                  *According to the ‘   Child Protection Australia 2016-17 Report   ’ by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, published in March 2018.

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ADM recognises the contribution of foster carers with change to paid parental leave policy

An update to ADM’s paid parental leave policy gives parity to long-term foster carers…

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      Meet ADM's New Chief of Operations       Anglican Deaconess Ministries is proud to continue our heritage of exceptional leadership with the appointment of Clare Steele as the new Chief of Operations (COO), as long-serving Director of Operations Ken Breakspear steps down from this role.     “I’m ready to pass on the primary responsibility for the operations baton to Clare and to the rest of our exceptional team at ADM,” says Ken, who will continue to work as Company Secretary part time. Noting the wealth of experience that Clare brings to the position, he says, “Clare’s engineering and systems/ project management experience is a great asset to ADM in ensuring things get done on time and within budget.”     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              ADM's new Chief of Operations, Clare Steele (left) and Ken Breakspear (right), who has stepped down from the role of Director of Operations.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     Clare began her career as a consultant at Accenture and then moved into project management at Macquarie Bank. She has since worked as a project manager and team leader across a number of different industries. She holds a degree in mechatronics engineering and a Master of Divinity, and has worked in ministry alongside her husband, Matt, who now serves as Assistant Minister at St Alban’s, Five Dock. Clare first began at ADM in 2016 as Special Projects Officer, driving a major review of ADM’s IT systems. In this role she worked closely with Ken, especially when he served as Acting CEO from February to July 2017, during CEO Dr Kate Harrison Brennan’s maternity leave.  According to Clare, the generous mentoring Ken provided has helped prepare her to tackle the role of COO. She says, “Ken has taught me to ask questions – to evaluate the risks and the needs of each situation. He also continues to inspire me to be prayerful about my work, to understand that we are stewards of the resources that God has given ADM for future generations.”  Ken has played a pivotal role in ADM since he was appointed in 2005. He spearheaded the sale of Hope Healthcare to Hammondcare, a project involving three public hospitals with 400 staff and $30M in annual subsidy funding. In 2007 he became Company Secretary, supporting the ADM Board in the appointment of Dr Karin Sowada as the first CEO in 2009 and in the appointment of Dr Kate Harrison Brennan as CEO in 2015.  Ken reflects, “Looking back over the past 13 years and even further back in ADM's remarkable 127 years, I clearly see God's hand at work in the lives of so many servants of the Servant. The long life of our organisation is a blessing of the Lord, as it means that we have remained faithful to our core gospel beliefs while adapting to the contemporary context and fresh opportunities arising.”  Both Ken and Clare are excited about the plans that God has in store for the future. As Clare shares, “ADM is in an exciting phase of developing. I love the passion that the team has for seeing women come to know Jesus and then to flourish as they spend their lives serving him. I am looking forward to working with Kate and the ADM team, as we build the future of ADM and serve the women who interact with us in all our different programs.”

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Meet ADM's New Chief of Operations

Anglican Deaconess Ministries is proud to continue our heritage of exceptional leadership with the appointment of Clare Steele as the new Chief of Operations (COO), as long-serving Director of Operations Ken Breakspear steps down from this role ...

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      ADM Welcomes New Chair of Board     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has announced the appointment of Rev Jenni Stoddart, School Chaplain at Abbotsleigh, as its new Chair of the Board, following the retirement of Gillian Davidson after 13 years of service.  Gillian expressed her support for the appointment of Jenni Stoddart as Chair, saying, “I know she has a heart for the work, a commitment to the theological truths that are precious to each of us and a great ability to lead.”  “We are delighted to have Jenni’s experience in helping to steer ADM into the future,” said Ken Breakspear, acting CEO of ADM.  “Jenni has a long history of service in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, working in ministry in schools and churches. Her experience in engaging and equipping women and girls, and in strategic leadership, fit perfectly with the ADM mission to raise up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement.”

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ADM Welcomes New Chair of Board

Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has announced the appointment of Rev Jenni Stoddart, School Chaplain at Abbotsleigh, as its new Chair of the Board, following the retirement of Gillian Davidson after 13 years of service.

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