What is Family Based Care?
Family-based care is a way of providing family life for someone else’s child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family. This can be due to many reasons: illness, relationship problems, family breakdown, or perhaps a situation where the child’s welfare is threatened. Unlike adoption, the child remains the legal responsibility of the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development and/or their birth parents. Carers provide a safe, secure and stable environment for these children and youth and in many cases will work towards reuniting the child with their birth family.
What Supports do we Provide?
- 24 hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Frequent visits and regular telephone contact from a qualified and suitably experienced Key Assets Program Supervisor.
- Opportunity to take breaks as needed.
- An excellent package of financial support that values your skills as a carer.
- Regular support group meetings with other carers to share experiences and knowledge.
- Child and Youth Care Worker support as needed.
- Organized activities for you, your family and the children you look after.
- An Education Liaison Officer to support you in negotiating with schools and promoting the child’s educational needs.
- Access to a therapist for consultations and individual therapy for any child placed with you, as appropriate when needed.
- A comprehensive training program.