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Cheryl Jackson

Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation
Cheryl Jackson is an Aboriginal woman of the Murawarra tribe. She is the Coordinator of Aboriginal Family Planning Circle (AFPC). The AFPC was an initiative of the Aboriginal Family Workers Support Group.
The Aboriginal Family Workers Group consists of Aboriginal workers within Government and Non-Government. The purpose of the group is to identify gaps and develop solutions in service provision and identify training needs for Aboriginal workers.
The group had identified there was a high percentage of Aboriginal kids entering the Out of Home Care (OOHC) system and Juvenile Justice System. Cheryl has led the group in the development of the AFPC service model to address the over representation. The model was developed in 2006 and received funding for a Project Officer position in 2015.
Prior to working with Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation Cheryl was the Manager Casework within Family And Community Services (FACS) – Waru Mudyin Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS). The IFBS is an Aboriginal specific program to prevent Aboriginal kids from entering the OOHC system and provide support to families where kids have been restored. She was in this position for 11 years.

In 2017 the Aboriginal Family Planning Circle won the ZEST Award in Western Sydney for the outstanding project, working with Aboriginal communities in Greater Western Sydney. The Aboriginal Family Planning Circle was a finalist in the 2017 NSW Public Sector Award.