Our daughter commenced receiving support from Caboolture Family Network in January 2011. We now consider our relationship with CFN staff to be of a reasonably long standing. During this time Deb, Bron and the staff have displayed a deep understanding of not only our daughter’s individual needs, but also our needs as carers. Extensive personal development planning, delivered and implemented in a caring and professional manner, has given us direction and much needed support to help us stay strong in our caring role.
Deb and Bron are both qualified facilitators of the PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) planning process which has assisted our daughter to participate more fully in the local community, nurture friendships and identify attainable goals for the future. Contribution from family members’ and friends is invited and encouraged.
We are currently appreciative of the NDIS information sharing forums on offer at CFN. We feel this organisation is playing an important role in preparing parents and carers for the new funding scheme and the changes to our support.
It is a real comfort to know that whenever we have a question, our phone call to CFN will be answered personally and our request or query promptly actioned. Our life has definitely been enhanced since commencing our association with CFN.
Laurie and Sandra Dengate
Our adult son attends Caboolture Family Network’s Enthuse program. From past experience we were unsure how he would settle in. However we are pleased to say his attendance has broadened his interests and increased his skill level, but best of all, he is eager to return each week. Recently Deb and Brony organised and supported our son during a weekend getaway. Again an unexpected and resounding success!
We are very happy with the quality of CFN’s support services which are planned and personalised. A PATH planning session involving our family and support workers was conducted by Deb and Brony, both qualified facilitators. This thorough analysis of our son’s interests and preferences and the setting of achievable goals for the short and long term has proved extremely beneficial on several levels for which we are grateful.
CFN staff are at all times approachable and ready to help in any way they are able. We have found the workshops and forums run by CFN to be informative and timely particularly the NDIS forums which are designed to allay the anxiety many parents are currently experiencing.
Kerry and Maureen Dunstan
Debs and Bron from Caboolture Family Network have been working with our students in our alternate program RISE UP (Re-Engage in Secondary Education Unity Program) at Caboolture State High School over the past 10 weeks. They were brilliant in their ability to engage our students through the ‘Tree of Life’ activity.
Over the course of the activity Deb and Bron were able to provide intensive support catered specifically to our students through building incredibly trusting relationships and bonds with them. This enabled our students to be open and honest about a variety of life issues that they have experienced in their lives.
The participation of Caboolture Family Network in RISE UP has been invaluable and we are extremely appreciative of their ongoing support. We look forward to working with them for years to come.
Behaviour Support Consultant
Caboolture State High School
Caboolture Family Network is an extension of my family. In the five years we have been sharing our lives with them they have grown to know my little family – warts and all!!
They are consummate professionals from the outstanding management team, through admin and to the amazing carers “on the ground”. Underpinning their professionalism is that they care. They all care enough to know more about us than “just” what’s necessary for our child with special needs to be cared for and provided with respite. They take the time and effort to be interested in the whole family. We are a unique family unit (as are all family units) and CFN treats us as just that. The service has always been moulded to us. Never one size fits all.
I feel incredibly fortunate that CFN is a big part of our team and life.
My name is Troy Cane, due to a separation in early 2011 I was made the sole parent of two beautiful boys one of whom suffers from a rare condition called ANGELMAN SYNDROME. Not only did I instantly become a full time dad, I still had to somehow continue to work full time to stay afloat.
At this point, I wasn’t eligible for any government support, so I couldn’t receive respite or family help over the school holidays. There was a real possibility I would lose my job, and my home, leaving me and my boys out on the streets.
Centre Link and Disability Services said they may be able to help and put me in touch with my saviours Caboolture Family Network (CFN).
After hearing of my troubles, CFN came to my rescue by offering me emergency respite and helping me fight my way through government red tape. My disabled son has now been granted “Your Life Your Choice” funding which has enabled me to lock in a spot for him with Caboolture Family Network. I don’t know what I would have done, or what would have become of me and my boys without support from CFN.
My son is highly active, and has no understanding of danger, he cannot communicate and requires help with every facet of his life, the relationship he has with CFN is priceless. I am brought to tears when I watch the fun he has with their amazing care team, and now for the first time in 11 years he will experience overnight stays, I can’t begin to explain the quality of life all this brings to my boy.
The question any parent would ask, “Do I trust them with my son” the answer is simple.
I have the greatest trust and respect for all the CFN team, and will be eternally grateful to them for guiding and supporting us on this journey.