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ABOUT Janette

  Janette Pepall brings to the field of children and families over 30 years of learning and professional experience in Australia, USA, South America, Asia and Africa.  She has qualifications in Social Welfare, Anthropology, Training and Assessment and has been a case worker and a manager in adoptions (national and international), foster care, small group homes and institutions, child protection and counselling in Australia and Hong Kong.


Janette has been a Key Note and Plenary Speaker in many conferences across the world and specialises in the field of children at risk.


In the 1970's and 1980's she and her husband Dean adopted 5 children from Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong to join a birth son.

From 1993-1996, the family worked in Hong Kong and fostered two little girls with disabilities.  Janette was Senior Social Work Supervisor for Children's Services at Mother's Choice.  She was instrumental in pioneering two new programs: the adoption of children with disabilities to the USA and local foster care.  Both continue and have befitted many hundreds of children.


On their return to Australia, Janette wrote for YWAM the Orphans and Family Ministry School (OFMS), a 6 month program, and led several courses and overseas outreaches.


Janette has also written a training module for Crisis Care International (USA) on Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and has been the author of many articles and a consultant for many projects.


As an adoptive, birth and foster mother, a grandmother and a professional in children at risk, Janette has the ability to apply complex processes, theories and systems and to contextualise them for the field.  As an educator, she brings practical and competency based training.


Using her vast professional and life experience, Janette offers in-depth, private and confidential consultations about issues related to children, especially those involved with foster care and adoptions, in person and by Skype.

Individual consultations with Janette are non-therapeutic. However, she offers:

·         Professional experience of over thirty years with adoption, foster care programs, child protection etc.

·         Practical experience as a birth, foster and adoptive mother

·         Empathetic and educational listening

·         Time to speak about your family’s situation, including the challenges

·         Individualistic advice based on your circumstances

·         One- to one time, in a sensitive and supportive environment

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“Janette’s passion, dedication, skill and tenacity have amazed me for nearly 10 years! We have partnered with her in Thailand, Africa and an extensive development program in Myanmar (Burma). She has a unique ability to “read” the local situation and adapt her information so that is culturally relevant. Janette then delivers this material so that the way children at risk are managed changes nationwide.”

– Richard Beaumont, CEO, Entrust        Foundation