Kinship Care Services


Kinship Care is provided by relatives or a member of a child’s social network when a child is unable to live with their parents. Kinship Care arrangements can be either formal or informal.

 

What are Kinship Care Services?

Kinship Care Services provide support to both formal and informal Kinship Carers through a range of services.  The aim of the service is to support Kinship Carers to provide the best possible outcomes for children unable to live with their parents.  These include the following services.

 

Advice and Information – Child FIRST

Provides information and advice about community resources and support options that can assist families and their support networks.  This service can be accessed by children and young people in Kinship Care, Kinship Carers, as well as extended family members.  Ph: Child FIRST on 1800 705 211.

 

Kinship Family Services

Provides a timely and flexible response for kinship families or kinship family members, which focuses on supporting them to deal with a current issue or barriers effecting family functioning.  Referral to family services is through the Child FIRST Team.

 

Training and Support

Support Groups, a Kinship “drop in” service, and training opportunities are provided at different times and venues across the region, including Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga.  Please contact either Child FIRST or the Kinship Services Team (02) 6055 8000 at UMFC for further information.

 

Kinship Placement & Support Services

This service is available to kinship families under a formal arrangement with the Victorian Child Protection System.  Support is via case management – either through a six month intervention, or longer ongoing case management.  Referrals are received only through the Department of Health & Human Services.


Our Locations

29 Stanley St.
Wodonga VIC 3690
02 6055 8000

36 Mackay St.
Wangaratta VIC 3677
03 5720 0000

Type Of Care

Foster Care
Kinship Care
Respite Care
Short Term Care
Long Term Care
Emergency Care

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Commitment to Child Safety

All children and young people who access UMFC Services have a right to feel and be safe and to be treated with respect. We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment and working towards the best interests of children and young people at all times.