Where parents and/or caregivers have demonstrated that they are capable of ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of their child, it is possible that the child or young person may be restored to their care. The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) may seek orders to allow sufficient time for parents and/or caregivers to make necessary changes in order to reduce the risk issues that led to FACS making a care application.
Care plans for restoration must include a permanency plan in relation to the restoration. The plan should include a description of the minimum outcomes that the Secretary of FACS believes must be achieved before it would be safe for the child or young person to return to their birth parents, details of the services FACS or other agencies are able to provide or arrange to facilitate restoration, and a statement of the length of time during which restoration should be actively pursued.
Lack of understanding about decisions being made about them
Limited opportunity to participate in developing their plans
Difficult to talk to caseworker about their feelings
Limited birth family contact
Fear that things will not change when they return to their parent(s)
WORKERS (FACS & NGO)
Time consuming to find history about child’s episodes in care with FACS or other agencies
Restoration decisions need to happen quickly following careful assessment which can delayed by system issues
Challenging to engage all key stakeholders – parents, caseworkers, carers, FACS psychologist and the child in discussing/developing the restoration plan
Can be difficult to access quality assessment tools and information
Can be difficult to match needs with appropriate services or interventions
Lack of system mobility can restrict the provision of intensive support in the home to ensure safe and appropriate parenting
View some common experiences that children and young people may have during restoration|
I went into foster care for a short time while my mum made some life changes
In the beginning I had to see mum in the FACS office. It felt weird.
After some time we started going out to the park. This was much more fun.
My mum did lots of things with FACS so she could get me back.
I see my mum more now as I prepare to go back home.
I am really happy now I can live with my mum again.
Things that will help
Greater opportunities to provide input via the interactive Case Plan
A way to interact with caseworkers through game-ification that will enhance participation
A way to talk about their feelings through interactive knowledge capture
A way to keep in regular contact with their birth family through YOU
WORKERS (FACS & NGO)
Single view of the child will display past reports, placements and interventions
Interactive case planning will create better engagement with the child and family members for setting goals
Able to view information about other services involved with the family
Referral management tool will allow better matching of services to needs
Calender function will allow a more effective way to schedule and view family contact visits
Supporting ChildStory tools
Click on the images below to learn about the ChildStory tools that can support children, workers and families during early intervention.