We provide a range of services to support children with a disability and their families. These include foster care, respite care, community access, in-home personal care, accommodation support, and supporting children with complex and extreme needs with specialised interventions and case management.
UnitingCare Community Disability operates a Shared Care and Family Support program (SCAFS) which provides specialist foster care placements for children and young people who have a disability, including those with very high support needs.
The Shared Care program supports children and young people who require additional support or who are no longer able to live with their own families. Volunteer Foster Carers and Host Families are recruited to provide care for children, young people and adults to include them in their family life.
We provide supports that enhance the ability of the family and carer to continue in their role of primary care provider for a person with a disability, and to sustain the total family unit and/or caring relationship. We work with each family to develop a specific plan that meets the identified needs of the family. Supports may include:
Our Family Support program tailors support to the family home by working with families who have a child with a disability living at home. We can provide a variety of supports (including respite care and support workers) that are individually personalised to meet the needs of the child, young person or adult. Our program delivers support to families affected by these difficulties in order to help avert a family breakdown and to strengthen family ties.
Respite Carers offer a much deserved rest for primary carers as well as providing a break for the individual who may find their new surroundings overwhelming. Respite Carers help maintain primary placements by giving carers regular breaks, and provide another social network and range of interests for the individual. Respite Carers work in close collaboration with the Primary Carers to ensure a consistency in routine.
CASPAS is a program for children whose parent/s have a psychiatric disability. CASPAS provides youth groups, individual support for young people and family support.
The program has several goals: