Foster care and kinship care are forms of family-based care for children and young people who cannot stay at home because they have been harmed, or are at risk of harm.
Foster and kinship carers are everyday people from all walks of life. Whether they live in metropolitan or regional areas, remote or rural areas, they have a very valued role in our community.
Foster and kinship carers are part of a team of people who work to provide safe and supportive environments for vulnerable children and young people who cannot stay at home because their parents are unable to look after them or they may be at risk of harm.
Our carers may provide care for one or two nights, a few months or even years depending on the situation.
Where possible, children are reunited with their families as soon as possible. Carers assist this process through a commitment to maintain ongoing relationships between children and their families.
Children coming into care are of different ages, cultural and religious backgrounds. Contact with family helps children retain their connection and a sense of personal identity.
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Foster carers are approved by our department to provide care in their own homes for children and young people who have experienced harm or are at risk of harm.
Kinship care is provided by a person who is a relative, considered to be family or a close friend, or is a member of the child or young person's community.
Children and young people who need care have their own special qualities and needs. It is likely that they will have been under a lot of stress at home.
Under the Queensland legislation, a person can be provisionally approved as a foster carer or kinship carer, allowing them to care for a child or young person while their application to be a foster carer or kinship carer is decided.
Intensive foster care is a program offering placements and intensive support for children and young people in out-of-home care who require therapeutic support for complex and extreme levels of needs.
There are a range of non family-based care services that respond to the different levels of support needs of children and young people and provide stable, quality care.