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”.
Our multiple services are integrated and our clinical services are unmatched. There is no “wrong door” at CatholicCare.
The Parenting Hub is the platform supporting our early intervention programs. Brighter Futures works alongside families facing challenges. This program provides support and specialised child protection intervention support services for families expecting, or with children under 9 years of age.
We have a Fatherhood worker and programs to work alongside dads. Our Early Intervention Placement Prevention Program aims to prevent issues for adolescents and their families escalating.
CatholicCare’s wide-ranging and proactive network offers support for:
- children entering foster care
- the foster care family
- 16 and 17-year-old youths moving into independent living arrangements
- 18 to 26-year-olds who have been part of out-of-home care
- people involved with adoption.
Our emphasis on a family-based approach sets us apart. When a child or young person cannot live with their own parents or extended family, a safe place is required for them to stay. Foster carers nurture these young people, providing stability and support, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Types of foster care include:
- Respite care
- Short to medium-term foster care
- Long-term foster care
- Restorations foster care.
Our case plans are always developed with the child in mind and in consultation with the child or young person, their significant others, the foster carers and other key stakeholders.