Contracts for the Family Care Support Service have been awarded
A new service which aims to support and maintain children living with family carers and reduce the number of children entering foster care has been awarded as part of the Department’s strategy to enhance out-of-home care. The Family Care Support Service will deliver intensive, in-home support to family carers to build stable family environments for children who cannot remain with their parents.
Family carers, including grandparents, aunties and uncles, make up more than 40 per cent of carers for children in out-of-home care. The new service will help these carers to improve parenting routines and build capacity to safely care for the child or young person. This includes supporting the carer and child or young person to develop safe networks and remain connected to family, country and community.
The service will prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and include benefits such as building a stronger sense of belonging and cultural identity. Aboriginal community controlled organisations involved in delivering the service will play an important role in ensuring that children and family carers receive the most culturally appropriate support.
The Family Care Support Service will be provided across the Metropolitan area, East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regional areas. The service will provide up to 12 months support per family.
The Open Tender Request process for the provision of the Family Care Support Service has been finalised. The successful Respondents and their identified partner organisations are detailed in the table below.
||Successful Respondent and Proposed Partner Agency|
in partnership with Kinship Connections
|East Kimberley (Kununurra and surrounds)
Key Assets the Children's Services Provider (Australia) Limited:
in partnership with Wunan Foundation
|West Kimberley (Broome and surrounds)
Centacare Kimberley Association Inc:
in partnership with Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, MercyCare and The Australian Childhood Foundation
|Pilbara (Port Hedland, Karratha and surrounds)
MacKillop Family Services Ltd:
in partnership with Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation and Mawarnkarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
|Wheatbelt (Northam and surrounds)
Wanslea Family Services Incorporated:
in partnership with Kaata Kooliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC)