One of the most common reasons cited for being unwilling to take on foster caring is that “it would be too hard to give the children back.” This is sadly ironic as the best outcome for any child entering foster care is for their birth family to be able to work through their issues & have the children restored to their own family & home. FACS are focusing on permanent outcomes through the Permanency Support Program and is currently putting $90 million towards early intervention to keep kids out of care or facilitate restoration where possible.

The Australian reported early this week how the PSP program is already successfully helping around 400 families. The program aims to reach another 500 families, which is fantastic as NSW has the highest number of children in out-of-home care in Australia, accounting for more than 37% of all children removed from their parents.

All this is working towards great outcomes, but in the meantime these children need loving carers who will attach with them, provide a safe home & then support the slow process of restoring the child to their family. Restoration care is all about “giving them back.” Every restoration runs to an individual court-approved restoration plan that sets out what needs to happen to make this safe for the child. It often includes the birth parents undertaking parenting courses, counselling or rehab, and stipulates the frequency & duration of contact visits which increase from a few hours a week up to overnight & weekend visits & then the final full time move back home for the child.

Every restoration runs to an individual court-approved restoration plan that sets out what needs to happen to make this safe for the child

Could you take on children for a short time & help support their return to their families? Specialist restoration carers are needed across the state to do this very special task. Find out how to get started, find an Agency near you, or check your eligibility to apply via our Quiz