The Child Wellbeing Program consists of three specific areas:
- Recognised Entity
- Culturally Appropriate Foster & Kinship; and
- Family Reunification
Far North Queensland Recognised Entity Service
The Recognised Entity has two core functions:
- Provide cultural and family information and advice to Child Safety Services to assist with decision-making in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who come to the attention of, or are in the care of, Child Safety Services; and
- Provide information to families to help with understanding the child protection process and the decisions made by Child Safety Services.
Culturally Appropriate Foster & Kinship Care Service (CAFAKCS)
This program is responsible for recruiting and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster and kinship carers to provide out-of-home care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are assessed by Child Safety Services as requiring family based out-of-home care in Cairns, Atherton and Innisfail.
Family Reunification Service
The Family Reunification Service provides intensive family support to families involved in the child protection system where:
- The case plan goal is reunification;
- The child is living at home under a Departmental agreement or court order; or
- Support is required to prevent the child from entering out-of-home care.
The Child Wellbeing Programs are funded by the Department of Communities.