Family Based and Alternative Care


Every child needs a safe and caring home to belong. Unfortunately though, some families and home environments can be complicated and can experience times of significant challenges. In these times, it can be unsuitable and unsafe for children or young people to stay in their family home.
We are there to support a child or young person during this time, providing a supportive home through either our foster and kinship care services or our residential and supported independent living homes.

We are a leading provider of family based care, partnering closely with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to provide children and young people with a safe and welcoming home with our dedicated foster and kinship carers.

For some young people, our residential and supported living services provide an alternative to traditional foster care. These services are specifically designed to care for and support young people as they develop life skills, in a fully supervised home setting or supported independent living environment, with other young people and qualified support workers. A core component of the support provided is encouraging young people to maintain contact with significant people in their lives alongside emotional, physical and social support.

While children and young people in our alternative care services are unable to stay in their family home, we support them to maintain and build positive, healthy relationships with their family and community.

Our priority is to keep children and young people safe in homes where they can belong, while maintaining their connections to family, kin, culture and community.


Who can be a foster carer?

Who can be a foster carer?


Stories of family based and alternative care

Respite Foster Care

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A kinship carer’s support makes a difference

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Protecting children is everyone's business - Child Protection Week 2019

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Meet the twenty-something who opened her home to foster caring

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Driven to serve and protect vulnerable youth

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Stories of family based and alternative care

A kinship carer’s support makes a difference

Driven to serve and protect vulnerable youth

Meet the twenty-something who opened her home to foster caring

Protecting children is everyone's business - Child Protection Week 2019

Respite Foster Care