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Fostering is a way of offering a family home to a child or young person who, for various reasons, cannot remain with their birth family.
Fostering placements can last for any length of time and can be aimed at reuniting children with their birth families, or leading them towards independence or a permanent family placement option. Fostering can come as a result of many reasons; including illness, relationship problems, family breakdown, or a situation in which a child or young person’s well-being is threatened.
Foster carers provide children and young people with safe, secure and stable home lives when they cannot return to their birth families.
Foster carers are a diverse group of people from a wide range of backgrounds who are all working towards making a positive and lasting difference to children and young people in foster care.
Foster care placements
Foster care placements at Key Assets vary from child to child. Our main placements in Victoria can be grouped into: Tailored Placements for children with intensive support needs and Transition Placements.
Team Parenting™ is a unique framework to foster care that acknowledges and supports high and complex needs as well as the cultural identities of all children and young people.
Team Parenting™ is an approach that draws together an exceptional level of support for foster carers based on the services provided by Social Workers, Education Officers, Therapists or Key Workers.
The Department of Communities (Child Safety Services)
The Department of Communities (Child Safety Services) is the government body in Queensland with responsibility for the protection and welfare of children and young people across the state. It is also responsible for the funding (block or fee-for-service) of non-government agencies.
Key Assets works in partnership with the Department and benefits from regional representation at strategy forums. These include the Regional Action Planning Team (RAPT) in the South East region, the Fostering Agencies Network in the Brisbane Region and the South West Placement and Support Network in the South West region.
The Department for Child Protection
The Department for Child Protection is the government body in Western Australia who maintain statutory responsibility for children and young people in foster care. In Western Australia, the demand for fostering outstrips the ability for the Department to provide all family based and alternative care services. Non-government agencies like Key Assets work in partnership with them to fill the gap.
Key Assets works closely with Department colleagues to support foster carers and the children placed with them. Key Assets management attend bi-monthly meetings with the Department’s Accommodation and Care Services (ACS) and are positioned as a key agency within the Children’s Youth and Family Agencies Association (CYFAA) in Western Australia.
The Department for Families and Communities
The Department for Families and Communities is the government body in South Australia who retain the legal responsibility for children placed in foster care. We also work closely with a number of divisions within the Department for Families and Communities, including Contracts and Licensing, the Placement Service Unit, and Families SA.
Through our partnership with the Department for Families and Communities, we also attend regular meetings as a member of the Child and Family Welfare Association (CAFWA) and Joint Partnership, made up of a number of agencies who work with foster carers and children in South Australia.
Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS)
DHHS is a Victorian Government department that plans, funds and delivers community and housing services in line with the government’s vision for making Victoria a stronger, more caring and innovative state.
Family and Community Services
As of the 1st January 2012, all new foster carers in New South Wales must now be affiliated with a non-government agency for fostering support and supervision. Existing carers with Family and Community Services will automatically become part of an Out of Home Care Reform programme which proposes that, over a 10 year period, all foster carers will eventually be supported by a non-government agency.
Non-government fostering agencies, including Key Assets Fostering, work in collaboration and partnership with Family and Community Services to provide high quality foster care services. Family and Community Services retain all legal responsibility for children placed in foster care, but non-government agencies like us provide the day to day foster carer support and case management of the child or young person in placement.