Guardianship orders aim to provide greater stability for children and young people when the Children’s Court makes a decision that they cannot live with their parents.
Guardianship orders are a way of helping ensure a child or young person has a more stable, nurturing and safe home until they are at least 18 years of age, without cutting legal ties to their family.
Under a guardianship order, a child or young person is not in foster care or out-of-home care but in the independent care of their guardian.
Fear of not having a permanent family
Scared about losing contact with their birth parents /siblings/culture
Anxiety about making the decision to be part of a different family
Saying goodbye to their caseworker
WORKERS (FACS & NGO)
Contacting birth parents to discuss the option of guardianship before making an application to the Children’s Court
Organising meetings and consultations to arrange guardianships is time consuming
Difficult to gather detailed information for guardian assessment
Detailed assessments to determine suitability of prospective guardians are time consuming
Obtaining consent from the child or young person OR providing clear evidence that the child or young person is not capable of giving consent
Setting up birth family contact visits and smoothing relations between birth family and guardians to ensure meaningful contact
Guardianship allows carers to raise their family without the need for caseworker oversight
Carers who become guardians continue to be paid the same allowance amount (known as the Guardian’s Allowance) and are eligible for support through services funded by FACS and the federal government
A permanent home
Ability to message birth family
Access to information about their history and culture
Smarter more responsive systems leading to less time gathering information
Ability to interact online with the child and birth family
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