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Child, Youth and Family

Child, Youth and Family

Our Child, Youth and Family Programs support children, young people, parents, and families in developing supportive and nurturing environments.

All children deserve to have the best possible start in life. If a crisis is developing in a family, CatholicCare understands the importance of “getting in early” to prevent the situation from escalating.

We have specialised services and a support network to address any issue. Our aim is to improve the relationships between parents and their children and keep those relationships functional. We like to think of it as “helping you get upstream”. 

CatholicCare offers:

Family Preservation - Brighter Futures

Our Family Preservation services helps to keep families together. The primary aim of Family Preservation is to keep a child or young person safe within their family by reducing risk and safety concerns, so they can experience healthy and positive development.

Every family is different and Brighter Futures varies its services to provide for individual needs. Services are delivered for about 12 months and each family receives ongoing support from a caseworker. Services include:

  • Case management
  • Family and parent support
  • Therapeutic support
  • Child-focused support

This program is available at Taree, Gloucester, Foster and surrounds.

Who we help

Brighter Futures is an early intervention program that helps families with children who are at high risk of entering or escalating within the child protection system.

Eligibility

  • At least one child (unborn – 17 years old) who is the subject of a current Risk of Significant Harm (ROSH report
  • SARA is not mandatory, and if the SARA is applied, the safety outcome of ‘safe’ and a risk outcome of low, moderate or high.

How to access this service

Community or self-referral to the program can be made by completing the referral form and emailing to brighterfutures@catholiccare.org.au

Targeted Earlier Intervention

CatholicCare's Targeted Earlier Intervention program (TEI) offers a range of services and supports for young people and their families in Maitland, Dungog and Gloucester including: 

  • Casework
  • Counselling
  • Parenting support 
  • Tailored skill development and group programs in schools.

Who we help

The service supports young people aged 12 to 17 and their families experiencing vulnerability that impacts wellbeing and safety.

The program tailors support to individual family circumstances, addressing needs early to prevent escalation and increase the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable young people. The program strives to support young peoples’ continued connection with their family, community, education and employment so they can lead independent and meaningful lives.

For more information please click here.

How to access this service

Referral to the program can be made by filling out our referral form or contacting:

CatholicCare Maitland Office on (02) 4015 2800 or email: youthandfamily@catholiccare.org.au

CatholicCare Gloucester Office on (02) 6558 1777 or email: gloucesteryouthandparenting@catholiccare.org.au

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

CatholicCare offers a Supported Independent Living program (SIL) for 16 and 17-year-olds who are moving into adulthood and ready to become a part of the community.

We help these young people on their journey to independence through providing:

  • Case management
  • Accommodation
  • Development life skills such as housekeeping, budgeting, education, employment assistance, and building healthy relationships, for up to 24 months.

Eligibility

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the SIL program:

  • 16-17 years of age at entry
  • Assessed as having low or medium needs (CAT)
  • In the statutory PSP, exiting PSP to live independently, or have left a PSP placement but require further support to successfully transition to independence
  • Assessed by Child and Family District Unit (CFDU) as having the capacity to be placed in SIL and will have the capacity to live independently after a period of tailored support.

How to access this service

Referrals can only be made through CFDU via DCJ. Children and young people referred must not require therapeutic care.

For more information, contact HCC.NGOsupport@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Aftercare

Aftercare aims to assist young people transitioning out of the Permanency Support Program into independent living.

CatholicCare’s Aftercare caseworker can help with:

  • Transitioning into suitable living arrangements
  • Developing pre-employment skills and finding employment
  • Re-connecting with family and culture
  • Building community connection and participation
  • Developing and improving independent living skills
  • Reviewing and amending their leaving care plan if required

Eligibility

This program is available to people aged 18-25 who are moving out of the Permanency Support Program.

How to access this service

If you require support, please complete our online referral form and email to aftercare@catholiccare.org.au, or phone 4979 1120.

You can also contact the Department of Communities and Justice Care Leaver Line on 1800 994 686 or email CareleaversLine@facs.nsw.gov.au

 

 

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