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Anglicare Victoria, OzChild seek foster carers to help kids on to positive new tracks

Anglicare Victoria chief says 'revolutionary' program shown to get young back into stable family life

The program -- which Anglicare expects to return 75% of the children and young people who complete it either to their birth family, if safe to do so, or place them with a loving kin or foster care family -- is supported by the State Government.

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February 27 2017Anglicare Victoria, in partnership with OzChild, is searching for dedicated foster carers to help children and young people step on to positive new tracks as part of Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO®).

TFCO is a new evidence-based, internationally successful program providing an alternative to residential care and getting children and young people with problem behaviours back into a stable, family life.

The program runs for six to nine months and is delivered by a team of specialists who support the foster carer and the young person with practical behaviour-based interventions that are designed to enable longer-term stability for the young person.

Anglicare Victoria Chief Executive Paul McDonald said: “This is a revolutionary program. We expect that 75% of the children and young people who complete the program will either be reunited with their birth family, if safe to do so, or reach their full potential with a loving kin or foster care family.”

TFCO will be launched in Melbourne’s Southern region in April 2017. OzChild will support children aged 7-11 and Anglicare Victoria will support young people aged 12-17.

TFCO carers will receive continuous support from a team of six professionals and financial reimbursements.

The program is seeking to recruit carers who live in the Dandenong, Frankston, Pakenham, Cranbourne and Mornington Peninsula areas.

To find out more about this pioneering foster care program, visit www.tfco.org.au

 

TFCO is a joint initiative between Anglicare Victoria and OzChild and supported by the Victorian Government.

 Watch Anglican Media Melbourne's video for Foster Care Week 2016 "What Makes a Good Foster Carer" below