Staying Strong, Staying Together
Intensive Family Support Service
Is a partnership between Australian Childhood Foundation, Centacare Kimberley and Derby Aboriginal Health Services, who have put together a team of local Family Support Workers with the role of offering support to families living in Broome and Derby who are at risk of having their children placed in state care. The focus of this program is on helping families to stay together by working with the family to create a safe, supportive and nurturing home environment. This program also works with families who are participating in the reunification of a child.
All of the families we work with face lots of challenges. Access to the program is only through a referral from Child Protection & Family Support. Our role is to assist the family to address the concerns that have been identified as placing the children at risk. This can mean working with, and between two stories. Our program has been designed to work in ways that acknowledges the impact that Intergenerational Trauma has had on the lives of people. It is a program that recognises the severe consequences that trauma can have on people, and their families, social and emotional wellbeing.
Family Care Support Service
Is another partnership program between Australian Childhood Foundation, Centacare Kimberley and Derby Aboriginal Health Services, that has been developed to offer support to families living in Broome and Derby who are looking after a family member in state care, through a Kinship Care Arrangement. This could be a young person living with an aunty, uncle, a grandparent, or even an older brother or sister. It is a program that can provide practical supports, access to other specialist supports, as well as parenting and child development advice, parenting skills development and knowledge.
This program recognises that children in care experience a high level of trauma that can show itself through difficult and sometimes challenging behaviours. Our role is to work with the Kinship Care Family to support them to maintain a stable, loving and nurturing home environment where the child continues to benefit from the connection to family and culture. Support services offered, are tailored to each family’s specific needs, and our team of local Support Workers are committed to building each family’s capacity to maintain their Kinship Care Placement.
Services funded by Western Australia’s Department of Communities
Our Service Locations – Centacare Kimberley – Broome
Our Service Locations – DAHS – Derby