Ngunya Jarjum was established in 1995 by Bundjalung ELDERS and community members to address the crisis and need for more Aboriginal kinship and foster carers. We strive to keep Aboriginal children in family, on Country and immersed in culture.
The organisation has grown from a small Aboriginal foster care support agency to one of the largest Aboriginal community controlled designated agencies under the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian. We are tasked to provide culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in statutory out of home care. We work within the Bundjalung Nation encompassing the Clarence, Richmond and Tweed Valley areas.
Ngunya Jarjum is governed by a board of non-executive Aboriginal directors, and supported by a membership of Aboriginal people who are predominantly of Bundjalung descent. We support over 140 Aboriginal children and young people in statutory out of home care. We have a carer pool of almost 115. Ngunya Jarjum areon one the largest Aboriginal employers in the non-government sector of Northern NSW.
A connected, culturally rich and thriving community where Ngunya Jarjum support our local families to nurture their children, raise them on country, and preserve our culture and strength into the future.
Every child has a right to be immersed in their family and culture to grow up strong in their identity and know who and where they belong to.
Compassion, kindness and empathy will underpin the approach of support and services to children and families to acknowledge the untreated trauma and grief suffered by Aboriginal people over generations.
We act professionally, with honesty and truth.
We value building meaningful relationships and work to build trust with families, communities and our partners.
Ngunya Jarjum’s strategic direction will be driven to work towards the following key result areas.