13 September 2018
The NSW Government has committed to an innovative program to improve the lives of the New South Wales’ most at risk children and young people.
Investment in Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) marks a new approach by the NSW Government in supporting children with the most complex needs.
The evidence-based program will be delivered by national provider of children, young people and family support services OzChild. It aims to reduce the number of placement breakdowns for children and young people in foster and kinship care and prevent the escalation of children from foster care to residential care.
OzChild Chief Executive Officer Lisa Griffiths said OzChild was thrilled to be part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of the children, young people and families of New South Wales through Their Futures Matter reforms.
“We are excited we now have the opportunity to support the children and young people within Western Sydney and get them back into a stable, family life,” Ms Griffiths said.
“TFCO has been proven to improve the outcomes for child and young people internationally, with them spending more time living with their families and attending school than those who don’t complete the program.
The program will be based in Campbelltown and Blacktown from December 2018 and receive referrals from the Sydney metropolitan FACS Districts for children aged 7-17 who meet the eligibility criteria.
Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS) Pru Goward said the NSW Government was committed to achieving better outcomes for children in out-of-home care.
“Through our landmark child protection reform, Their Futures Matter (TFM), we are creating a system which delivers strong, evidence-based programs and services based on the needs of children and their families,’’ Ms Goward said.
“This new approach to child protection and wellbeing ensures the right support for children to give them a strong foundation for a better life.
“This government is committed to breaking the cycle of neglect and abuse to help children and young people reach their full potential and thrive.”
TFCO has been successfully delivered for more than 30 years in countries such as the UK, US and New Zealand. It is an intensive program in which children are placed with highly-trained carers supported by a team of professionals for 9-12 months with the goal of reuniting them with their birth families or long-term carers who receive continued support.
TFCO carers require specialised skills and are provided with a generous tax-free reimbursement to allow the carer to provide continuous support to the child or young person.
OzChild is currently recruiting TFCO foster carers in Victoria, Queensland and NSW. To find out more visit https://www.ozchild.org.au/foster-care/tfco/