A multi-million-dollar trial will see specialist foster carers recruited and trained to support children and young people who display complex and challenging behaviours.
The NSW Government will spend close to $5 million over two years on the evidence-based program Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO), which will be delivered by OzChild.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said the NSW Government was committed to improving the lives of children in out-of-home care.
“The NSW Government is committed to investing in evidence based programs that improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people,” Ms Goward said.
“Unfortunately there are some children in out-of-home care with incredibly complicated behaviours – these children often need intensive support so they can thrive through childhood and adolescence.
“Treatment Foster Care Oregon places these children with highly trained carers for 6-12 months. The goal is to reunite children with their birth families or long-term carers.”
The specialist carers will receive a tax-free reimbursement, intensive training, daily monitoring, weekly group support and coaching as well as 24-hour support from a team of highly qualified specialists.
The program will take in children between seven and 17 with referrals from across metropolitan Sydney.
OzChild Chief Executive Officer Lisa Griffiths said OzChild was thrilled to be part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of the children, young people and families of NSW.
“We are excited we now have the opportunity to support children and young people in Sydney and get them back into a stable, family life,” Ms Griffiths said.