What is Aboriginal Stronger Families?
Aboriginal Stonger Families is a whole-of-family program that aims to keep children with their families, either by helping to prevent children from being removed or by helping with a child's return when it is safe to do so.
Who is eligible?
Families with Aboriginal children who are at imminent risk of Placement for the first time, including Foster Care, Residential Care and Kinship Care; or children who are in Out of Home Care for the first time for a period not exceeding six months and who are on an order with Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Child Protection.
The service provider will provide flexible and accessible service responses, including in-home, community-based and outreach support to children and their families.
Each family will be allocated a dedicated caseworker from a multidisciplinary team providing casework, coordination of child and family action plans and practical support.
Aboriginal Stronger Families will provide an integrated intake and casework service. The requirements for intake and casework service will be to:
• provide a timely response to urgent referrals that involves visiting the family, with Child Protection, within 24 hours of receiving the referral
• undertake a multidisciplinary therapeutic child and family assessment over three weeks in the family home
• form and convene the care team and work with the family for up to 12 months
• develop an individually tailored child and family action plan in partnership with the family and the care team
• provide in-home or community-based support to children and families
• facilitate children and families’ access to and engagement with secondary and/or universal support services prior to service completion.
What to expect
The program offers intensive and long-term (up to 12 months) family case support to enable Aboriginal children who are at imminent risk of being placed in care for the first time to remain at home with their parents or to support the child’s return to their parents care when safe to do so.
Staff work closely with the family concerned and DHHS.