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Townsville volunteer helps preppie soar

Back to school after the holiday break can be a terrifying time for many children, particularly those in the foster care system. But thanks to dedicated Townsville Pyjama Angel volunteer Robyn Narratone one child’s experience has been far more positive. Lexi* was just two-years-old when Robyn was first matched as her Pyjama Angel. Fast forward […]

Meet Mel Clack – Ipswich New Coordinator

    We sat down with our new Ipswich Coordinator, Mel Clack, to find out why she chose to join The Pyjama Foundation’s team (family), and to know what drives her, and other fun little tidbits!   Why did you apply for the role of ‘Ipswich Coordinator’? I have always had a passion for helping […]

Foster carers empowered with unique training

In Australia, there are more than 48,000 children in the foster care system and of this number, approximately 75 per cent won’t finish high school. The reality is many of these children may have never felt a sense of love and support in their lives, leaving it up to their carers to put the pieces […]

Research identifies educational disadvantage of children in Out of Home Care

Australian children in Out of Home Care may struggle to keep up with their peers and reach national literacy and numeracy benchmarks as a study by the Queensland University of Technology’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) has identified. The research suggests a large portion of the 48,000 Australian children currently in foster […]

Helping Foster Children Stay On Task

“Concentration is like a muscle that requires regular exercise to strengthen. Some kids are born “stronger” in this area than others, but all kids can learn strategies and engage in practices that help improve their ability to focus and sustain their attention” – Dr. Jamie Howard Children in out of home care often lack interest […]

Free holiday fun for all ages

The two-week September school holidays are here! This is a good time for you and your Pyjama child to get crafty, creative and learn outdoors without homework hindering your visit. The holidays is an awesome opportunity to extend your visits and perhaps have a change of scenery. This is a wonderful way to build your […]

Our Big Dreams Gala Ball 2018

One week ago, we hosted the night of all nights — an evening of glitz, glam and giving back. Guests came from as far as Western Australia to celebrate The Pyjama Foundation’s Big Dreams Gala Ball and raise much needed funds for children in foster care. Attendees were met with some of Brisbane’s best views, […]

Dad’s Day a chance to say thanks to our male role models

Father’s Day has a different meaning to everyone, but for children in foster care it can be a reminder of what they are missing and how important it is to have a positive male role model. Townsville’s Andrew Pangrazio, 30, was placed with an 11-year-old boy living in care four years ago after volunteering as a mentor […]

Building self-confidence and self-esteem in mentees

Self-confidence; a feeling of trust in your own abilities and judgement. Self esteem; knowing and believing your worth. These two important qualities aren’t high in foster children on account of their harsh backgrounds, but there are ways to get them back on the right track.   Enrol in extra-curriculars Martial arts classes are an excellent […]

Boosting the self-esteem of foster children

Self-esteem is difficult for foster children to understand, let alone see in themselves. Even adults struggle with it from time to time. But that doesn’t mean self-esteem is impossible to find, even in bleak situations. It starts with you As a mentor, your own self-esteem is an example for your charge. How do you feel […]