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Fostering Families

The LNP has announced a $4 million trial of Fostering Families, a program that is to be focussed on education and parenting support to build resilient families and reduce the numbers of children entering the out-of-home care system.

The LNP states that “every year thousands of children are taken into state care and many of those have been because of family neglect.”

“We believe that many of these families should have access to intensive supports both in the home and through community agencies to reduce the risk of further harm and enable the child to remain with their family”.

The trial project being proposed by the LNP would deliver services to up to 100 families a year where neglect has been identified.  The program would incorporate structured parenting programs to assist the development of parenting skills, counselling services and referrals to rehabilitation services to assist parents suffering from substance addiction.

Peakcare looks forward to further discussion and planning about ways in which:

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s proposed Fostering Families initiative or a related matter, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

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  1. Fostering Families….Sounds like a great initiative…as it just doesn’t make sense to just keep feeding children into a hugely expensive foster-care system…when those resources could be spent on providing intensive, evidence based, & integrated services to build reslience in their own birth families. Not just a great saving in dollars but also a great investment in long term well being of children and the next generation of parents. It would be good to have some real dialogue between Govt. & frontline Child/Family welfare agencies on the ‘how to do this’ rather than just another top down imposed ‘pilot’ scheme. Lets hope there’s some real consultation and work to address the core issues outlined in Peakcare’s Position Paper…

    March 7, 2012
  2. I think this is a great idea, however, 100 families per year is a drop in the bucket if you consider the numbers of families referred into the Helping Out Families Pilot programs in the South East Region. Those families number in the thousands per year!

    I’m keen to see both opposition and government (whichever party they may be) look at the evidence about existing programs before throwing them out and starting with something new just for the sake of a political win about a “new” approach. It’s a waste of time and resources that could be used for children and families in need.

    I also echo PeakCare’s comments about making sure any new programs meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse children and families and dovetail with existing intensive family support programs.

    March 9, 2012
  3. annemarie #

    Well overdue for many…i wish this happened 16 years ago…I really do..

    September 13, 2012

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