This Foster Care Week we join in the call for carers to be supported with the basics such as birth certificates and Medicare cards, to be unburdened by the financial pressure to pay for health and education expenses that aren’t covered by the care allowance.
Delivering a program that works for regional families
OzChild is celebrating the commitment of the Victorian Government to fund its evidence-based program, Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) program.
Listen to OzChild Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lisa J. Griffiths speak to ABC Radio in Shepparton about the FFT-CW program.
The funding will ensure this vital program can be delivered for the next three years supporting vulnerable families within the City of Shepparton and in Melbourne’s East Division.
Victorian Minister for Child Protection, Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said the investment of $2 million per year for the programs in Shepparton and outer Eastern Melbourne will help keep families together and safe.
“Wherever appropriate, supporting families to stay together delivers the best results,” he said.
“Whether it’s from the perspective of the children, the family, the broader community, when it is safe to do so, keeping families together is by far and away the best option.”
OzChild Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lisa J. Griffiths, said the program will provide expert, intensive hands-on support to families. The objective is to keep children and young people safely in the family home when safe to do so.
“The City of Shepparton is one of the most disadvantaged areas in the state, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made things even tougher for vulnerable families,” said Dr Griffiths.
“Instead of the typical option of a formal intervention and the placement of children in out-of-home care, this program builds upon the strengths within a family to help them address issues and keep their children safely at home.”
In Victoria, the growth in OOHC is the fastest in the nation – a grim reality for the state which has endured the harshest and longest lockdowns. With more than 45,000 children already in OOHC across Australia, an additional 4,500 children are estimated to enter OOHC because of the pandemic – put simply, we do not have enough carers.
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