OzChild supports placements of children with a relative or with people who have had a significant relationship with the child, helping to preserve the support networks of disadvantaged children.
What is kinship care?
Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives but can also include neighbours, family friends or a member of a child’s social network who has had a significant relationship with that child.
Kinship care is the preferred form of care for a child unable to live with their natural parent as it can help to preserve the child’s relationship with their families and assists in maintaining stability in a young person’s life.
To ensure the best interests of the child are met, OzChild works with the child and their networks including carers, Government child protection services and the child’s family to ensure a suitable outcome.
Kinship care support is offered to over 130 families in Melbourne every day and OzChild Kinship Care services are available in the cities of Frankston, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Access to Kinship Care services is available through our Dandenong Central Office, telephone (03) 9212 5600.
We also provide services to clients in Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia at the Department of Human Services request.
Kinship Care Group Support
Our group support meetings are a great way to meet other kinship carers in your area, providing a supporting environment in a relaxed and informal setting. Facilitated groups are held monthly in Highett, Frankston and Rosebud. These groups are open and welcoming and can help you access support services and increase your skills.
Find out about our next group by calling our Dandenong Central office on (03) 9212 5600 during normal business hours.
Intensive family support provides a short term program of assistance for informal and private kinship arrangements and secondary consultation and specialised advice to the ChildFIRST program catering to the needs of families with children at risk.
This service can be accessed by kinship families where there is a a Family Law Court order, informal placement or a permanent care order. Referral to this program is through the Information and Advice service or via ChildFIRST.
Information and Advice
OzChild offers a range of Kinship Care Service options to families, children and young people and the professionals who support them.
Support for kinship carers includes:
- Specialised advice
- Relevant and up to date information about community services
- Information regarding support groups for kinship carers
This service can be accessed by all kinship carers and children, professionals, members of the extended family and broader community.
This service provides ongoing support to already existing statutory kinship arrangements. Referral to this program is only through Child Protection.
Access Help and Assistance
If you would like further information about access to any of our programs, please contact OzChild Kinship Care on (03) 9212 5600.