Barnardos Australia's Temporary Family Care Program provides out of home care for young children and their siblings under the age of 12.
Children and young people are placed with assessed and trained foster carers.
Placements may occur for a variety of reasons eg. domestic violence, inability to parent due to alcohol/drug misuse or mental health.
Children referred from the NSW Department of Family & Community Services and the ACT Office for Children, Youth and Family Support have often been removed from their home and placed in care while an assessment on the family is completed. Families may also be able to place children voluntarily.
Placement can range from a period of a few days, or a few months up to a period of two years. If restoration to the birth family is not successful, a plan will be implemented to support the transition of the child/young person into permanent care.
Carers are child focused and willing to maintain continuity of contact with immediate and extended family. They are available to attend all relevant appointments (eg. medical, therapy and review of arrangements meetings) and are non-judgemental and encouraging with birth families. The particular skills required by carers within the Temporary Family Care Program are flexibility, openness, communication skills and team work skills.
Objectives of the Temporary Family Care Program:
- To provide a stable caring home for children and young people at a time of family crisis.
- To work in partnership to plan and implement goals within the time frame of the restoration plan for the reunification of families separated by crisis.
- To support the children or young people in meeting their individual needs and advocating for their best interests.
- If restoration becomes an unattainable goal to support the child or young person in the transition to long-term care.
If you would like to register as a temporary family carer please fill out this form.