Southern Brisbane families better supported

A leading Queensland specialist in child and family support service provision is the successful tenderer for a vital service to help vulnerable families in Brisbane’s south.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has announced that Churches of Christ Care, in partnership with Micah Projects and Drug ARM, will deliver new Intensive Family Support services in Brisbane’s south and south-west catchments.

Churches of Christ Care Children, Youth and Families General Manager Jane Carter said the organisation welcomed the additional funding as it will provide local families in need with the assistance and support they require.

“This new service will join our existing Intensive Family Support services, expanding our early intervention and prevention focus and building on our vision for the future of assisting children and families to access the support they need at the time they need it,” Ms Carter said.

“We are excited to be helping strengthen local families, which in turn increases child safety and creates stronger communities.”

The new service commences in coming weeks. It will be named Families Together and be located at multiple locations across Brisbane’s south. One of these services will operate out of Churches of Christ’s Jamboree Heights campus.

Families Together works with vulnerable families who have more complex needs to ensure they receive the necessary support to improve family functioning and wellbeing and are positively connected with their communities.

Ms Carter said Churches of Christ Care actively links with other care services, churches, government, and other non-government organisations to deliver this support. This includes service partners Drug ARM and Micah Projects.

“We are all working to make it easier for families to find the support they need in the toughest of times,” she said.

In making the announcement, the Department’s Director-General, Mr Michael Hogan, said this service represents another milestone in rolling out the Child and Family Reforms that continue to be a high priority for the Department and the Queensland Government.

“Through these community-based services, families can develop parenting and household management skills; build better relationships between family members; improve budgeting and managing money; manage alcohol, drug or gambling problems; and access housing, healthcare or other community or government services,” Mr Hogan said.

Churches of Christ Care is one of the largest non-government providers of children, youth and family services in Queensland, providing foster and kinship care, residential and supported independent living services to approximately 2,800 children and young people each year who are under the care of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services or at risk of being taken into care. A further 480 children and families are supported through its assessment and intervention services.

The new service joins existing early intervention assistance provided by Churches of Christ Care to the north of Brisbane, including in the Moreton Bay region, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

The Department advises that since starting operations mid this year, Intensive Family Support services are working with more than 840 Queensland families.

More information about Churches of Christ Care and the services it provides can be found at cofc.com.au/care.

Posted December 18, 2015 in Events