Potential foster carers are to be paid $75,000 tax-free to look after vulnerable and damaged children.
In a radical new plan, residents in Sydney’s West, will be incentivised to give up their jobs and care for the troubled youngsters on a full-time basis, as reported in the Daily Telegraph.
Family and Community Services (FACS) Minister Pru Goward is currently recruiting for carers who are willing to dedicate themselves to these troubled kids, who range from 7 – 17 years.
Big Increase In Pay
The regular allowance of a foster carer allowance is between $494 and $748 a fortnight so this is a significant increase in pay.
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This program, named Treatment Foster Care Oregon, is the first of its kind in NSW and will place children from across Sydney with specialist carers in the western suburbs.
These children participating in the program would display difficulties “managing their feelings, thoughts and behaviours” — the result of severe abuse and neglect they have suffered in the past and would be unable to remain in the regular foster care syste..
Improve The Lives Of Vulnerable Children
Minister Goward said the state government was committed to investing in an evidence-based program that “improved the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people”.
“Unfortunately there are some children in out-of-home care with incredibly complicated behaviours — these children often need intensive support so they can thrive through childhood and adolescence,” said Ms Goward.
“The goal is to reunite children with their birth families or long-term carers.”
$4.87 million is being paid to OzChild to co-ordinate the program, which will be run as a trial in the state until mid-June 2020.
Carers who wish to apply for the program need to have experience dealing with children with complex behaviours.
Carers are limited to one child on the program at a time and a team of psychologists, social workers and family therapists will be on stand-by for support.
More details and to apply to be a foster carer, visit www.ozchild.org.au.