Children 0 – 18 years placed with approved caregivers in the community
Children may need to live in an out-of-home care placement for a variety of reasons and for different periods of time. Most of these placements involve the Department of Human Services Child Protection.
Many young people are unable to stay in their homes due to:
- Family conflict and breakdown
- Serious illness
- Death of a parent
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Financial, employment or housing difficulties
SalvoCare Eastern trains and supports people who wish to be carers, to provide accommodation, care and support in their own home for young people between 0 and 18 years
Home Based Carers are people from local community providing accommodation, care and support in their homes for young people between the ages of 0-18 years. Home Based Carers help build resilience and ensure that children in Home Based Care are given the opportunity to achieve positive outcomes and retain links with people who are important to them, including family members, peers, family friends and communities where appropriate.
Home Based Carers:
- Are reimbursed for their everyday costs
- Receive initial and ongoing training
- Assist in preventing homelessness
- Assist young people through difficult times
- Have access to after-hours support workers
- Provide long term, short term or weekend respite for young people
Can I be a Home Based Carer?
You can be a Home Based Carer if you have the room and are willing to offer support to a young person. You may be married, single, with or without children, young or old, in a shared household or living alone.
Placements vary in length and are dependent upon the needs of the young person and the commitment made by the Home Based Carer. They may be short or long term or on an emergency basis.