Service providers collaborate for change
Representatives from Aboriginal organisations across the Northern Territory met for the first time this week to build a collaborative relationship as they work to transform the out-of-home care model.
The inaugural Community of Practice took place in Darwin on Tuesday 14 July, hosting six Aboriginal organisations working in out-of-home care, the Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT (FKCANT), the CREATE foundation and Territory Families staff.
The service providers gave an overview of the work they have been doing to find family and recruit kinship and foster carers. Representatives shared experiences and identified strategies to improve collaboration and performance going forward.
The following Aboriginal organisations attended the session:
- Kalano Community Association
- Larrakia Nation
- NPY Women’s Council
- NT Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation
- Tangenteyre Council
- Yalu Aboriginal Corporation
Territory Families partners with Aboriginal organisations across the Territory to engage and support families, provide culturally respectful service delivery, increase community connections and develop local solutions.
Our priority in transforming the out-of-home care model is to place children and young people with family/kin and Aboriginal foster carers. As part of the reform process, Territory Families has invested $5.4 million over four years to increase Aboriginal family care including $4.2 million to recruit and support Aboriginal family, kinship and foster carers through the Aboriginal Carers for Aboriginal Children grants.
The Community of Practice provided a valuable meeting for service providers to consider ways that they can work together and share solutions as they tackle similar challenges in family finding, foster and kinship carer recruitment, carer assessment and the provision of ongoing support to carers and families.
For more information about how Territory Families is transforming the out-of-home care model, read the strategy.