Foster Care

Some children and young people cannot live in their homes because their families are struggling with managing varying life issues. Sometimes the children are at risk of harm because of family violence, or their parents are struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, illness or financial concerns. Sometimes families just need time to sort through issues. Foster care provides care for children and young people aged 0–17 years of age when their families are struggling to manage their care and wellbeing.

The overall aim of foster care is that the children will return home to their families when their parents are ready to care for them again. While the children and young people are in foster care, they will feel supported, nurtured and connected and have opportunities for continued growth and development.

If you're interested in becoming a foster carer, please click here. 

Kinship Care

Kinship Care is when siblings, extended family members or family friends care for children when their biological parents are not able too, for a period of time. Kinship care can be an informal care arrangement between family members or a statutory arrangement; when children are placed in care by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority of our Kinship Carers are grandparents who have taken on full-time parenting roles. On most occasions, raising their grandchildren hasn’t been a choice but a responsibility as the grandchildren are family, and they are committed to raising them within their birth family.

The Kinship Care Program provides support:

  • Through the information and advice service
  • To families that are caring for their children without the involvement of Child Protection Services (Family Support Services)
  • In the early stages of a placement being made (placement establishment)
  • When the plan is for children to remain permanently with their relatives (kinship contracting)