Child, Youth & Family Services
Since 1970, Churches of Christ Care has been delivering child, youth and family services in Queensland and today is one of the largest non-government providers. Our foster/kinship care, respite care, and residential and supported independent care services support approximately 2,800 children and young people each year who are under the care of the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services or are at risk of being taken into care. A further 750 children and families are supported through our assessment and intervention services.
More than 920 dedicated and compassionate foster and kinship carers work closely with our staff to provide a vital safety net to children and young people who have often come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Service locations include Mt Isa, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Caboolture, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast.
Churches of Christ Care’s range of services include:
Foster and kinship care
Foster care provides full-time or part-time family based care in your home for a child or children who are in desperate need of a safe environment. These children may have come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, and need a stable and loving environment. The timeframes vary and can range from a few days to many years.
Kinship care involves a member of the extended family or someone important to the child providing care to children who are no longer able to live with their parents. This style of foster care supports the individual needs of children and young people, enabling them to retain connections with their family, community, language and culture.
Intensive foster and kinship care
Intensive foster and kinship care involves providing a safe and nurturing environment for a young person with challenging behaviours and circumstances. This challenging behaviour has typically resulted from a history of significant abuse or neglect.
Our foster and kinship carers are trained and supported by professional therapists and youth workers. Perseverance, remaining calm under pressure and the ability to help the young person re-establish trust and hope are necessary traits for these carers.
Assessment and intervention
Assessment and intervention provides information to support children, their families and foster carers. While the wellbeing of children must always be our first concern, we never forget the importance of the child’s natural family.
We offer various services to help work towards the best outcomes for your children, including counselling support during children’s visits to their family, assessment of when it is safe for children to return home permanently, mediation to help resolve disagreements, parenting skills training and anger management training.
Immediate response is a licensed residential care service offering short-term, safe and secure placement options. Young people are supported to maintain contact with significant others and provided with emotional, physical and social support. They receive opportunities to build self esteem, to have role models for social development and relationship building, and assistance to develop practical life skills and build support networks within the local community. They also receive support to engage in educational, training or employment opportunities.
Additionally, during the short-term placement, we will seek to provide a full social/psychological/behavioural assessment for each young person. This assessment will assist in future placement options and meeting the needs of young people and in the successful transition to an alternative medium to long-term placement option.
Residential care and supported independent living
Our residential care and supported independent living services provide care to children and young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The programs offer a variation of fully supervised care through to supported-independent living options.
Young people are given physical, emotional, social and therapeutic support in an environment that teaches them valuable life skills and how to be part of a community. They are assisted with preparing nutritious and low cost meals, budgeting and financial management, maintaining a healthy home, gardening and house maintenance, job seeking skills, personal health and hygiene practices, accessing support services and networks and accessing education, training and employment opportunities.