Keeping siblings together
A tumultuous time of anxiety and uncertainty can be even more confronting for children in out-of-home care if they are separated from their siblings.
By nurturing and maintaining sibling contact, children are more likely to lead healthy, safe and happy lives.
Our Sibling Support Program aims to keep siblings together in a home-based setting to help children maintain a sense of connection, emotional support and continuity while temporarily away from their family.
“I can’t imagine being separated from my sisters… it would be awful.”
As a carer, you will receive:
- A house to reside in full-time to care for up to six young people, aged 18 or under
- A retainer allowance to assist with the day-to-day running costs of the home
- Ongoing support, supervision and practical assistance from a designated case worker
- Comprehensive training on parenting approaches to support healing and skill development
- Access to a dedicated care team
- After hours on-call service
- Access to respite care for your foster child when you need some extra support.
We urgently need more carers to support siblings who are placed in foster care. If you think you can care for siblings, we would love to hear from you.
Funded by the Victorian Government, the program is run in conjunction with Alfred Health Children and Youth Mental Health Service and The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.