A program for families and carers who provide care for children who are unable to remain living with their parents due to child protection intervention, or as a result of a family decision.
The Kinship Care team provide information and advice to families and carers in a kinship arrangement regarding financial matters, children’s care requirements and available community supports.
Programs offered by Centacare include:
Bethany’s Kinship Care Support Group
Bethany’s support group provides carers the opportunity to build social networks while sharing stories, challenges and successes with other people in a similar situation in an informal setting. This group aims to assist carers to build connections while managing the demands of being a kinship carer.
Kinship family services provide brief, occasional and short term family support working alongside the kinship carer and the extended family to address and respond to the needs of both the child and carer.
Kinship Placement Support Services
This service is available to kinship families currently involved with the child protection system and who have a statutory order in place.
Centacare provides support during the first six months of a statutory placement to engage with the kinship family and their extended family to work towards the placement becoming self-managing and limiting the need for ongoing professional involvement.
Case Management support is offered for as long as it is needed to ensure the childrens’ safety, stability and development.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Referrals into Placement Support Services are from The Department of Human Services Child Protection team only.
To contact the Mildura Department of Human Services Child Protection team please
phone (03) 5022 3111.
If you would like to speak with one of our Kinship Care team please
phone (03) 5051 0000.