Foster and Kinship Care

Foster and Kinship Care Service clients are approved foster and kinship carers and carer applicants who reside in the Torres Strait Islands.

The Foster and Kinship Care Service is managed by the Torres Strait Island Safe House program.

At Safe Pathways we offer the following Foster and Kinship Carer services:

  • Local level recruitment of carers
  • Co-delivery (with Child Safety Services) of pre-service training, and ongoing training of carers
  • Assessment and reassessment of carers prior to Child Safety Services approval and re-approval
  • Identifying carers that best meet the needs of children and young people referred by Child Safety Services Centres
  • Ongoing support of carers, including carer learning plans, access to respite, and after-hours support.

There are many different types of care that foster and kinship carers can provide:

  • Short Breaks – for example weekends or holidays
  • Emergency Care – for a short time and often on short notice
  • Short-term Care – care full-time for up to two years
  • Long-term Care – ongoing full-time care for children and young people up to 18 years of age
  • Specialist Foster Care – caring for children with high support needs.

Interested in becoming a Foster Carer?

The Foster and Kinship Care Service is always seeking community members that are interested in becoming a foster or kinship care.

By becoming a foster or kinship carer:

  • you are helping to keep our children and young people safe
  • you are helping our children and young people to continue to grow within the community that identifies their cultural beliefs and tradition.

To find out more about becoming a foster or kinship carer call one of our friendly staff members today.