About Us


Little Stars Kids is a registered charity and public benevolent institution.

Little Stars Kids runs programs in Queensland for children living in foster care. Little Stars Kids has a Board of Directors who oversee the running of Little Stars Kids Foundation. The CEO and Founding Director is Lisa Honeychurch Van Riel. In addition to receiving funding from Keema Children’s Foundation, Little Stars Kids has corporate partnerships with Hyundai Help for Kids and QBE.

Our Little Stars Kids Camp Program for children aged 4-10 living in long term foster care, is designed to assist in a non-therapeutic setting, to help children who have experienced abuse and neglect and been separated from their primary caregivers, to rebuild self–esteem, build a sense of trust in others and improve their long term mental and physical health prospects. Our program achieves this by providing an environment where the children can grow through fun, laughter and building strong and lasting relationships with members of the Camp community.

The scale of the Challenge

Little Stars Kids runs the Little Stars Kids Program in South-East Queensland for children living in foster care. 
Little Stars Kids offers the Little Stars Kids Camp Program for children aged 4-10 living in long-term foster care.
The Program is designed to assist in a non-therapeutic setting, to help children who have experienced abuse and neglect,
to rebuild self-esteem, build a sense of trust in others and improve their long-term mental and physical health prospects.
Research tells us positive relationships and experiences can buffer against the effects of abuse and neglect and
provide better long-term health outcomes for children. The Little Stars Kids Program achieves this by providing
an environment where the children can grow through fun, laughter, and build strong and lasting relationships with
members of the Camp community.

A second Program offered by Little Stars Kids is Little Stars Kids Cases.
The Cases Program targets a different group of children to that of the Camp Program.
This Program targets children who are in short-term care or who have just entered the foster care system,
in contrast to the Camp Program for children in long-term foster care.
The Cases Program is for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and
provides children with a case which they can call their very own and store their own personal belongings in.
We are excited to share with you how we can work together to bring optimism and
resilience to help our kids grow through fun and laughter.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope,
and somebody who believes in them.”
Magic Johnson

We invite you to be a part of the Little Stars Kids journey today.


The Need

The Little Stars Kids purpose is to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse or neglect in
Queensland through bringing healing, happiness, fun, laughter and hope through involvement with our Programs. 
The rates of child abuse and neglect in Queensland alone is staggering;
and the effects of the abuse and neglect are long term and last well after the abuse has stopped.
Children who have experienced abuse or neglect, are far more likely to experience adverse mental health and
life outcomes throughout their life.  This includes higher rates of depression, suicide, anxiety, relationship difficulties and
even impacts upon physical health.  Research indicates that positive relationships and experiences early on,
can minimise the likelihood of long term adverse mental and life outcomes for these children.
That’s where Little Stars Kids Camp Programs comes in!
Little Stars Kids was established in 2016 and its Programs are truly unique.
Currently it is the only existing charity which assists children who have experienced abuse and neglect to rebuild self-esteem,
build a sense of trust in others and improve their long term mental health prospects through a Camp Program.
There is an enormous amount of work that goes in to structuring the Little Stars Kids Camps from delivering this offering to little people
to recruiting volunteers and carers for the children and working with foster agencies and the governing departments.
A strong policy and procedural process in line with both the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and
foster care agencies has been put in place to offer Little Stars Kids Camps for this age group.
Children who experience abuse or neglect forget how to laugh, have fun and they lose hope.
Little Stars Kids Programs reminds them how to smile again and through positive
relationships and experiences, helps them to regain trust in themselves, others and their world.
The power of laughter, love and optimism cannot be underestimated for children
who have experienced abuse and neglect – it heals and strengthens on so many levels.
That’s why Little Stars Kids journey was created and we need your help!
 

Our Program

Little Stars Kids mission is to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse
or neglect in Queensland through bringing healing, happiness, fun, laughter and hope
through involvement with our Programs. Our Programs rebuild self-esteem, build a
sense of trust in others and improve long-term mental and physical health prospects for
children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Little Stars Kids Camp Program
The Little Stars Kids Camp Program involves the children in four Camps per year on an
ongoing basis. The Camps are at various locations and allow the children to experience
things they have never done before – canoeing, low ropes, team challenges, farm
experiences as well as just being in nature. Each child has a one on one adult buddy
who is matched with them at the beginning of their Camp journey. All of our volunteers
hold a valid Blue Card and are screened to a very high standard. Our volunteers include
paediatricians, doctors, psychologists, teachers as well as people who just have a passion
for helping children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The child and buddy attend
each of the Camps together and through this process and shared experiences, build a
friendship and the children gain a sense of trust in another adult who is there especially
for them on Camp. Often our children have never had the one on one attention that they
have at Camp and it is incredibly special to see how this impacts the children.

Little Stars Kids Cases
Many children are removed from their biological parents at very short notice and often
take nothing with them into foster care. Sometimes they are provided with a garbage
bag of items, but often they are moved urgently so they take nothing with them. Often
removed late at night, they will be transferred to a foster home where they know no-one
and don’t really understand why they have been taken from their home. This would be
incredibly scary for children and so our Little Stars Kids Cases Program provides children
with a carry case they can call their own and store their belongings in – hopefully
brings some happiness and comfort to children at what is a very traumatic time in their lives.
Included in the case are a handmade quilt, a teddy bear, colouring pencils and book and a school bag and
lunch box.  Little Stars Kids offers opportunities to support our Programs so please ask us how.

 

Little Star Kids – Creating Better Life for Kids in Foster Care

OUR BOARD

Little Stars Kids has a Board of Directors who are all volunteers and are all passionate about creating a better life for children living in foster care and have extensive and varied experience across a variety of sectors.

Lisa Honeychurch Van Riel

Founder and CEO

Lisa founded Little Stars Kids in 2016 in order to make a positive difference to the lives of children who have suffered abuse or neglect in Australia.

Lisa has practised as a litigation and employment lawyer for over 20 years and was previously a partner in a mid-size law firm in Brisbane City. She currently runs her own legal practice, Honeychurch Workplace Lawyers, specialising in advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment law and providing training to managers and staff in risk management.

Lisa has provided pro bono legal services to Act for Kids and was a member of the previous Act for Kids Research Committee for some years where she assisted in the decision making process regarding allocation of funds for research relating to children who have experienced abuse.

She has also acted for foster parents in relation to matters pertaining to long term custody and the best interests of the child. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children who are living in foster care who have experienced abuse or neglect. 

Sharon Robson

Chairperson

Sharon is Founder and Principal Solicitor of Antler Legal, a legal firm specialising in corporate and commercial services.

Sharon has had previous experience on boards for both profit and non-profit entities, including as a Director on co-operative housing societies, Vice President and Director of Nundah Community Support Group Inc and Director of Windana Support Centre (Queensland).

Sharon has also provided pro bono legal services to the Nundah Legal Centre and the Redfern Legal Centre, assisting disadvantaged individuals in respect to various legal matters, including breach of contract, employment law, debt, discrimination, neighbourhood disputes, motor vehicle accidents and fines, drug and alcohol.

She holds an Honours Degree in Law, and a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Human Resources and Marketing.

Tristan Van Riel

Director

Tristan is the Dealer Principal and Chief Operating Officer of the Keema Automotive Group in Queensland which operates over 5 sites across Brisbane and employs around 250 staff.

Tristan has an accounting background and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the Keema Automotive Group.

Tristan has significant experience in financial matters and developing the strategic direction of the Keema Group.

Tristan is committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in care through the work of the Keema Childrens’ Foundation. He has been a Pyjama Angel with the Pyjama Foundation for several years, working with children in care to increase literacy and numeracy.

David Brown

Director

David is the General Manager for the Keema Automotive Group in Queensland which operates over 5 sites across Brisbane and employs around 250 staff.

David has a Mechanical Background which lead to him starting with the Keema Automotive Group 18 years ago, and along with many other roles, is directly in charge of Operational matters for the Keema Automotive Group.

David is committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in care through the work of the Little Stars Kids and our Little Stars Kids Camps which provide so much Fun and laughter.

Randall Bryson

Director

Randall has extensive experience in retail, particularly in the automotive sector but also more broadly with experience in food and beverage retail. His employment with a multi franchise dealership and a national automotive retail chain, as well as 15 years in chartered accounting, provides an excellent platform for specialist professional services. He is able to understand and support his clients with their operational and statutory requirements.

Randall is committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in care through the work of the Little Stars Kids and our Little Stars Kids Camps which provide so much Fun and laughter.

Kerrie Taylor

Director

Kerrie has a background in marketing and communications and is also a Director of Pollen.

Kerrie combines her bright and creative personality with her formal qualifications in integrated marketing communications producing results with an innovative edge. With more than 15 years’ experience across public relations, events and marketing, Kerrie has built a solid yet diverse clientele across the property, construction, retail, mining, tourism, health and fitness, not-for-profit and luxury product sectors.

A passionate and experienced communicator with a love for writing, Kerrie is passionate about using her skills to assist Little Stars Kids to build its presence to enable it to continue to support children in foster care.

Jan Van Riel

Director

Jan is a director of Keema Automotive Group.

Jan has a background in early childhood education, having been a school teacher for many years.

Jan lived overseas in Indonesia for many years and has a passion for helping children who have been abused or neglected.

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