More support for Victorian carers

More support for Victorian carers: children playing
15 September 2016

Children playingA $19.2 million funding boost was announced during Child Protection Week to help foster, kinship and permanent carers meet the additional needs of children in their care.

The funding will give carers access to more training, financial support and other assistance, including:

  • $8.73 million for flexible support for foster and kinship carers to help cover extraordinary expenses, including child care, transport costs, the therapeutic needs of a child, such as counselling, education, or health expenses.
  • $7.18 million for similar flexible support for new and existing permanent carers and establishing a new permanent carer helpline.
  • An additional $2.12 million for a combined foster and kinship carer training strategy, which will include a centralised training calendar, with training modules such as how to care for children with a history of trauma.
  • $1.15 million for service enhancements to improve the experience of kinship carers, including new tools and resources such as an updated handbook, and kinship carer-specific podcasts.

The funding was announced at the Foster Care Association of Victoria’s annual foster carer celebration on 9 September. A number of useful resources for foster carers were also launched at the event, including a new handbook, charter, podcast series, and feedback and complaints booklet called Fostering Support.

For more information about the new resources for foster carers, please visit the Information for current Victorian foster carers page on this site.

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