National Families Week is held each May and highlights the important role families play in Australian society. ‘Family’ no longer means just mum, dad and the kids; family can also include our extended family (grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins…), foster families, same-sex families, single parent families, our friends and anyone else that is important to us. National Families Week is a reminder for people to take time out to catch up with their friends and families.
Almost half (48%) of all children and young people in care continue to live with family. And young people have told CREATE that they keep in contact with their brothers and sisters more often than any other family members. Our research shows that this is really important. Keeping in contact with brothers and sisters can help young people feel happier.
It’s not always easy to keep in contact with family but it can be worth it.
Each year there are special community events to help people celebrate National Families Week and to bring people together. For more information about what’s happening near you go to: http://www.familiesaustralia.org.au/familiesweek/