South Australian study highlights Key Assets’ quality fostering service
A study released recently by The University of South Australia, commissioned by Key Assets SA, has evaluated the success of Key Assets’ Team Parenting Model and its impact on the stability of foster placements. The results, which were also derived from a Carer Satisfaction Survey developed by the Australian Centre for Child Protection, indicate high levels of placement stability resulting in better quality care for children. The university researched case studies of two young foster children, “AJ” and “Henry”, who were both placed separately in the care of Key Assets’ foster carers after experiencing either physical, mental and sexual abuse, neglect or trauma. The researchers followed the journey of the young boys who initially spent their first few years in care moving from carer to carer or emergency, residential and commercial care – one of the boys had that many carers at the one time he couldn’t even recall one of their names. It was when “AJ” and “Henry” commenced care with Key Assets that, with the help of the carers and the Team Parenting Model, they were able to overcome behavioural issues and mental illness such as anxiety and depression as well as speech and language difficulties and self-esteem issues. Both children are now also attending school on a full time basis. After two and a half years, “AJ” and “Henry” are still with the same Key Assets carers. Key Assets SA Director, Gareth Davies says Key Assets’ support and success stories hinges on the unique Team Parenting Model. “The Team Parenting Model is focused on supporting carers in creating an environment in which the child is able to thrive in terms of their physical and emotional well-being, self-confidence and educational outcomes. “The approach views the carer as the central and key player in the support team for the child and involves working closely with them to reach a common understanding and agreement regarding social, educational and therapeutic goals for the child and ways in which they can reach them,” Mr. Davies said. “The aim of the Team Parenting Model is to achieve long-term stability for children in placement and given the outcomes identified it really works,” he said. If you are interested in finding out more information on Key Assets and the Team Parenting Model, visit the foster carer support page at keyassets.com.au.