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:
- the proposed Fostering Families initiative can be well integrated and coordinated with other universally available services and early intervention and family support programs
- this initiative can be delivered to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and families who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (Please refer to PeakCare’s Position Papers, Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Young People and Families and Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Young People and Families)
- these initiatives can assist in addressing other matters raised within PeakCare’s Position Paper, Prevention, Early Intervention Services and Intensive Family Support Services.
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Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland