Out of Home Care
NJ provides early intervention case management that is child centric with the focus on protecting vulnerable children and ensuring their well being.
NJ strives to understand and deliver upon the developmental needs of Aboriginal children and young people, including physical, emotional, cognitive, cultural and spiritual elements – elements that are all equally important to a child’s well being.
NJ provides every opportunity for a child, wherever possible, to be raised within their own family, community, culture and on Country. The children are cared for in safe and nurturing homes, by relatives and kin who support and strengthen their identity and connections to family, and have every possible opportunity for their views to be sought and heard.
Aboriginal Permanency Support Program
The NJ Permanency Support Program provides dedicated support and services to assist vulnerable children to ensure they can grow and flourish to their greatest potential in a stable, safe and loving home.
The goals of the NJ team reflect those of laid out by the NSW Government’s Family & Community Services. Primarily there are three outcomes we looking to achieve:
- Keep families together by reducing the number of children going into care.
- Reduce the amount of time a child spends in care – we strive to return children home or find nurturing other permanent homes for children at risk.
- Deliver a better care experience for those unfortunate children who have suffered trauma and have individual needs on their path to recovery.
NJ offers strong guidance and support for our Carers
All NJ Carers will be assigned a caseworker to offer you support and guidance on any given placement. Plus, they’ll visit you with a planned frequency to ensure the child’s needs are met while in your care, as well as supporting you in your important role as carer.
NJ provides opportunities for carers to participate in ongoing training programs.
All foster Carers will be provided with a fortnightly allowance, scaled with regard to the age of the young people in care and the level of care they require. This is to help cover the costs involved with providing quality care for the child in your care. Paid per child, the allowance does not count towards your taxable income. This means that it will not affect your tax or earnings if you are working.