As the state’s largest provider of out-of-home care services for disadvantaged Victorians, we ensure that children and young people can access safe environments.
The core of Anglicare Victoria’s work remains our commitment to providing nurturing homes for children and young people who are not able to live with their families for a range of reasons.
We provide a home to more than 340 Victorians each night, and can only achieve this with the support of dedicated staff and passionate volunteer carers.
Types of care
Foster care provides a safe, supportive home to children and young people who cannot live with their families.
It is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems, or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.
Children in foster care range in age from young babies through to adolescents. We need a range of carers to ensure we can match the right type of carer to a child in need.
Ideally, children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and it is clear that their parents are able to look after them safely. Others may stay in care for the long-term.
Kinship care is provided by relatives or members of a child’s social network, when a child cannot live with their parents.
Kinship care is the care provided by relatives or friends when a parent is unable or unwilling to care for their child.
Kinship care can either be a statutory care arrangement where a court has ordered it, or it can be a private arrangement agreed upon by the people involved.
The program provides a range of support services for children and young people in kinship care, including:
- Contracted Case Management
- Kinship First Supports (Assessment and Family Services)
- Information and Advice
Children and young people placed in permanent care are offered a secure and nurturing home environment to live permanently with a family other than their birth family. These arrangements are based on an understanding that children’s development is promoted by stable, secure and nurturing relationships and to ensure better and sustainable outcomes.
Anglicare Victoria will provide placement support in the way of advice, referral to specialist services as well as financial support.
Enhanced Care Opportunities (ECO) foster care provides a higher level of support to get young lives back on track. It provides additional resources to help foster carers build confidence and emotional resilience in young people with difficult behaviours.
The Australian program is aimed at supporting children and young people from 12-17 years of age. It has three main aims: recovery from trauma, developing strong relationships and secure attachments, and life skills for the future.
ECO carers receive a higher reimbursement, which enables them to invest more time in the young person. They work to build trust and create a safe, structured and positive environment to help young people work through from a traumatic upbringing. Foster carers have the support of skills coaches, family therapy and specialist teachers help.
Residential services provide more intensive support for children and young people aged up to 18 in a supportive environment which is staffed by qualified carers.
Lead tenant accommodation
Young people who cannot live at home are offered the chance to develop independent living skills under the guidance of an Anglicare Victoria mentor, or ‘lead tenant’. Young people are provided with life skills and educational support.
Our crisis accommodation service assists homeless young people aged 16 – 22 years. We offer intensive support and assistance to young people, stabilise their lives and provide access to education, specialist supports and housing.