Leading not-for-profit welcomes extra funding to help families

Churches of Christ Care welcomes the extra funding for its intensive family support service in Caboolture, announced today by Minister for Child Safety, Shannon Fentiman.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, David Swain said he welcomed the extra funding for the Moreton Bay Families Together intensive family support service, which helps families stay together and keep their children safe.

“This is great testament to the work that we are doing to ensure children are safe with their families in the Moreton Bay region,” Mr Swain said. “We are grateful for the increase in funding to help us support more vulnerable families.”

“Since opening we have supported over 170 families and only four have moved to the statutory child protection system. That means that 98 per cent of the families we have assisted have kept their children safe and stayed out of the child protection system,” Mr Swain said.

“These are families with the highest and most complex needs, who need intensive support to stay together and care for their children, and our work so far is demonstrating that early intervention with families works.”

On average, the service works with families for nine months, and can continue to support them beyond this should they require more time to address their worries.

Since opening its doors in July 2015 as part of the Queensland Government’s Stronger Families initiative, Moreton Bay Families Together has assisted 171 local families.

“We are building strong relationships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and are committed to helping reduce the over-representation of Indigenous young people in out-of-home care. Currently in our intensive family support service, 25 per cent of the families we support identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander,” he said.

The leading not-for-profit also welcomes the State Government’s announcement of funding for a new program for young parents, as well as new funding to embed 20 drug and alcohol maternal health nurses within intensive services.

“I commend the government for trying new initiatives to help parents and families keep their children safe. This goes a long way to breaking the devastating cycle of children entering the child protection system,” he said.

“Trialling these new initiatives is vital to determining what works best to support families with complex needs to keep their children safe.”

“We believe children have a right to live in stable, nurturing and supportive environments.

Through providing practical assistance, we give families the help they need to become stronger, more capable and resilient.”

“We welcome the increase in resources to support local Caboolture and Moreton Bay families, aiming to improve quality of life for children and their families.”

Churches of Christ Care is one of the largest non-government providers of children, youth and family services in Queensland. They provide assessment and intervention services, foster and kinship care, residential and supported independent living services to over 3,700 children and young people each year. They also provide support to over 400 vulnerable families who have complex needs and are at risk of entering the child protection system across the state each year.

Posted April 18, 2017 in News