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