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Our programs and services support, care for and provide the best possible outcomes for Australian children, young people and their families.

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Foster and Kinship Care

Foster and Kinship Care

Our foster and kinship care programs support children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents and provides full training and support to our community of carers.

On-call foster care (Retainer)

Children and young people often require short-term emergency accommodation at a moment’s notice. This can often be while a long-term placement is being planned or when other suitable home-based care…

Foster Care

Our foster care program places children and young people – who are unable to live at home – in temporary foster care.

KEEP – Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Trained and Supported

KEEP® is an evidence-based support and skill enhancement education program for foster carers and kinship carers.

Kinship Care

Our kinship care services support children who are unable to live with their birth parents by placing them with a relative or people who they’ve had a significant relationship with.

Kinship Care First Supports

This program provides a holistic view of the current and ongoing needs of children in kinship care, as well as that of the kinship carers themselves.

Lead Tenant

Lead Tenant provides semi-independent out-of-home care accommodation for young people and promotes independent living skills in a safe and supported environment.

The Circle Program

This program takes a therapeutic approach to foster care, providing trauma-informed foster care through training and various parenting strategies.

Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)

Treatment Foster Care Oregon is a specialised foster care program that supports children and young people with complex behaviours.

Prevention & Strengthening Families

Prevention & Strengthening Families

Our Prevention and Strengthening programs support children, young people and their families by strengthening and repairing relationships, and intervening early to improve outcomes.

Stepping Stones to School

Stepping Stones to School is an early intervention school-readiness program which supports at-risk families.

Koorie Early Years Network (KEYN)

OzChild facilitates and is a founding member of the Koorie Early Years Network (KEYN) which operates in South-West Victoria.

Chance to Shine Scholarship

The Chance to Shine Scholarship provides financial assistance to young people – in a OzChild foster care program – to help them achieve their life goals.

Families First

The Families First program aims to help children and young people remain at home, as well as supporting those in out-of-home foster care when they return home.

Family Law Services

Family law services help parents, grandparents and foster carers to focus on the best interests of their children.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy supports families who have been affected by an adolescent behaving in an aggressive way within the home.

Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW)®

Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare® works with children, young people and their family or kin to help them strengthen relationships, improve communication and respond to challenging behaviours.

Intensive Therapeutic Program

The Intensive Therapeutic Program provides support to children and families living in the Bayside Peninsula area, where there are concerns about child and family wellbeing.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family and home-based treatment that strives to change how young people function in their natural settings in ways that promote positive social behaviour.

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect® (MST-CAN)

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect® is an in-home intervention model working with families with serious clinical needs, as directed by child protection (due to physical abuse or neglect).

Orange Door Safety and Support Hub

The Orange Door is a multi-agency partnership bringing together Family Violence services, Family Support Services and Men’s Behaviour Change programs.

SafeCare®

The SafeCare® Model is an evidence-based parenting program for parents of children aged 0-5 who are at-risk of, or have been reported for child neglect or physical abuse.

School Focused Youth Services (SFYS)

School Focused Youth Services (SFYS) support young people at school, ensuring they remain connected and engaged with education, and have the best chance to excel.

School Services

School Service provides professional welfare support for students and their families, both those in and out of a foster care program.

Shine Assist

Shine Assist connects families and schools with medical practitioners, helping address the psychological and emotional wellbeing of primary and secondary students – in a foster care program – across Victoria.

Targeted Care Packages (TCP)

The Targeted Care Packages program supports children and young people to sustain their current placements, as well as with the establishment of new placements.

Time to Shine

Time to Shine supports secondary school students who are at risk of disengagement from school due to issues relating to self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Together Again Program

The Together Again Program provides reunification assessments for children returning from a foster care program to care with their biological parents.

Family/Mentor Support Program

Give back to your local community by becoming an OzChild volunteer. At OzChild, we have a number of foster care volunteer programs to suit varying levels of commitment.

23
The number of programs OzChild delivers across Australia to support children, young people and families.
45,000
The number of children and young people in out-of-home care in Australia
Every 45 minutes
A child enters the foster care system in Australia

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Becoming a foster carer can be incredibly fulfilling, knowing you’re giving a child or young person in need the best chance to shine. All you need is room in your heart, and your home.

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