What is foster and kinship care?
Foster and Kinship Care means caring for someone else’s child in your own home. Foster and kinship carers provide a safe, secure and stable environment until the children and young people can return home.
A child living in foster and kinship care has experienced some kind of harm, which could be neglect and/or physical, emotional or sexual abuse and will also experience loss and grief from being separated from their family.
Carers provide the ongoing, day-to-day care for a child or young person, which can be both challenging and rewarding. In addition, a carer needs to understand how to support the child or young person’s emotional needs. Carers will not be just caring for a child, they also need to manage their own feelings and those of their family.
The role of a foster or kinship carer also involves supporting contact between the child and their family. Children and young people in out of home care tell us that continued contact with their families has a positive impact on how they see themselves and their sense of self-value.
Althea Projects Foster and Kinship Program supports and promotes contact between the child and their family. It is a requirement carers also actively support and promote contact between the child and their family. The goal for a child in out of home care is to be reunited with their family.
Refer to the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs webpage for more information https://www.qld.gov.au/community/caring-child/foster-kinship-care-about