Child Wellbeing

Wuchopperen’s Child Wellbeing service is based at the Manoora and Atherton facilities and works with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women in matters involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children.

Child Wellbeing services are available in Cairns, Innisfail and the Atherton Tablelands in collaboration with the Child Safety Service Centres in each area.

Culturally Appropriate Foster And Kinship Care Service (CAFAKCS) 

CAFAKCS recruits and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers to provide placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children requiring out of home care in accordance with the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

CAFAKCS:

  • Finds, assesses, recruits and trains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become carers;
  • Work with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Child Safety Placement Services Unit to identify compatible placement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who require out of home placements; and
  • Provides support to our registered carers and assist with effective communication between them and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Family Participation Program

Using Family Led Decision Making Frameworks and practice, convenors work with families who are involved in the Child Protection System in order to address worries that have been raised by Child Safety to ensure the safety of the children in the family's care.

  • The convenors work with the family to establish who the key support people are in the family and networks. This also includes key support services such as Family Wellbeing. 
  • A meeting is convened by the convenor who works with the family and Child Safety to establish a plan for the family to address the worries. 
  • The plan is signed off by all parties, ongoing support for the family to meet their goals is offered through Child Safety’s support service. 

Youth Participation Program 

Youth Participation Program is funded by Youth Justice to provide Family Led Decision Making processes and meetings for young people involved in the Youth Justice System in order to address worries in relation to offending and to establish goals to address these worries.   

Connecting Youth

Connection Youth is another program funded by Youth Justice to provide support for young people involved in Youth Justice to connect their culture. 

This is done through activities, engaging with extended family networks, camps and connecting to members of their community and family.