Family Based Foster Care - Emergency, Short Term and Long Term Care

Foster care, also known as Alternative Care, provides children and young people with a safe, nurturing and stable home to live when it is not possible for them to live at home with their parents or family.

Some families experience difficulties that place children at risk of emotional and/or physical harm. While every effort is made to support a family, it is not always possible for the child to remain in the care of their parents or family. It is then that an alternative place to live and a nurturing family is needed.

Family Based Foster Care - Respite Care

Respite Care is planned, regular short term care, aimed at helping families achieve stability by providing respite from child care responsibilities. Respite care also helps to preserve the integrity of Foster Care, Relative Care and other Alternative Care placements by providing a break from care responsibilities and thus preventing placement breakdown.