Out of home care provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic care environment for a child or young person while working towards either bringing a family back together or supporting children and young people in another safe and stable placement option.
Foster and Kinship Care
This type of care is used when a child or young person needs to be with a Foster or Kinship Carer or in other types of supported accommodation, such as residential and supported independent living services, to ensure the child or young person's safety.
Churches of Christ Care is one of Queensland’s largest providers of out of home care, working with around 3,000 children and young people each year. Our out of home care services include:
We recruit and support over 900 dedicated and compassionate foster and kinship carers. Working closely with staff, carers provide a vital safety net to children and young people who often come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.
Churches of Christ Care works closely with the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to recruit, train and asses foster carers, who are continually supported, monitored and re-approved every one to two years.
Ten residential services throughout Queensland provide an alternative to traditional foster care that is tailor-made for young people aged 12-17 years. Young people are provided with their own room in a fully supervised home setting. Our professionally trained staff assist young people with the provision of a safe and healing living environment, contributing to personal growth opportunities and the development of life skills.
We also provide immediate response services, which are licenced residential care services offering short-term, safe and secure placement options. Young people are supported to maintain contact with significant others and provided with emotional, physical and social support.
Supported Independent Living Services
Our Supported Independent Living Service is a transition service that provides young people currently in out-of-home care with a diverse range of supports to help them develop the life skills and social networks they will need to achieve goals and ultimately become independent and contributing members of the community.
Our services go through rigorous assessment processes to be licensed by the Department in foster and kinship care, residential care and supported independent living, and to comply with standards set down by the Child Protection Act 1999. This includes the requirement for anyone who interacts with children to have a Blue Card issued through the Queensland Government Public Safety Business Agency.
To learn more about Churches of Christ care out of home care services, visit our website.