Child Wellbeing

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

It provides two major services - Recognised Entity (RE) and Culturally Appropriate Foster And Kinship Care Service (CAFAKCS).

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

Recognised Entity (RE)

The Recognised Entity program:

  • Provides family information and cultural advice to the Department of Communities Child Safety Services through participation in the decision making process when a significant decision is required regarding an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child including investigations, Children’s Court matters and placements;
  • Provides advice about cultural protocols (such as who to talk to within a family and/or community) and placements;
  • Ensures families have input into decisions about what happens to their children involved in the Child Safety system;
  • Helps families understand what is happening;
  • Assists with communication between families and the Department of Child Safety; and
  • Assists families to make plans for their children.

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 Communities, 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.