Enhanced Care Opportunities (ECO), A new kind of foster care.

6th May 2020.

“This is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. The boys came to our wedding and it meant a lot to us to have them there.” 

“When my husband and I met Ben and Jared, we could tell they needed some help to get back on track. The brothers had a rough time with their family and could only see them every few months. They had no one to fill the vital role of a parent at a very important time in their lives.

We had trained as Enhanced Care Opportunities (ECO) foster carers and we wanted to help. ECO foster care is a type of professionalised foster care which provides extra support to young people in need. Caring for these special young people isn’t always easy, but ECO foster care gives you lots of assistance. I was given professional training which helps me catch problems early and stay calm. The reimbursements were higher than expected which meant that I could reduce my hours at work to focus on Ben and Jared.

We have daily phone calls with our case manager, which is a great opportunity to debrief and share our thoughts about whatever has been going on. And we have regular visits from a team of highly qualified specialists as well.” We have skills coaches and educational specialists coming out to spend time with the young people to work on achieving their goals.

We have a youth and family therapist who provides individual and family counselling to their family as well. It’s a great team effort.

“We have come a long way in a short time”

WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Call us on 03 9293 8500 or email fostercare.southern@anglicarevic.org.au to learn more about changing a life through ECO foster care.

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