Our Foster and Kinship Care (FKC) team works to find and support foster and kinship carers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Brisbane and Logan region.

We are committed to ensuring that our children’s cultural identity and relationship with their families and communities is maintained and that carers are supported in every facet of their role.

Our team recruits, trains, supports and case manages carers who provide placements for our children and young people in out of home care. We assess potential carers’ suitability, and strive to place children and young people in care situations that support their individual identity and self-esteem and meet their cultural, social, emotional and behavioural needs.

We support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous carers to provide high quality care for children who are unable to live at home.

We provide foster and kinship care service to Child Safety Service Centres across two Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the Department) Regions:

  • Brisbane Region – Alderley, Chermside, Forest Lake, Fortitude Valley, Inala, Mt Gravatt, Stones Corner
  • South East – Bayside, Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Mermaid Beach, Logan Central, Loganlea, Labrador, Browns Plains, Nerang.

We accept referrals from the Department for emergency, short break, short or long-term placements of Indigenous children. The identified needs of the children are matched with available foster carer families. The Foster and kinship Care service is part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane (ATSICHS) and is a way of providing culturally safe homes for our children.

We work hard to ensure holistic support and advocacy is provided to all our carer families

Carers are also supported in their interactions with the Department and other agencies to ensure that the children placed with them receive quality care. ATSICHS fosters strong connections between a child, their family and community and their care environment by providing cultural advice and encouraging participation in family, community and cultural events.

Through our carers and support we can ensure that our children stay connected to their community and culture and their identity remains strong and alive.

Our carers are supported by our Foster and Kinship Care Workers through telephone and face-to-face contact and training to:

  • maintain stable placements, and
  • ensure that the children placed in their care receive the daily care to which they are entitled and which meets legislated standards.