The Kalwun Foster and Kinship Care service recruits, trains and assesses Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

We aim to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with culturally-appropriate carers, ensuring they remain connected with their cultural identity and retain relationships with their families and communities.

The service monitors the placement of children and provides ongoing support to Foster and Kinship Carers.

What is Kinship Care?

Kinship Care is the nurturing and protection of children by relatives or any adult who has a kinship bond with the child. A Kinship Carer may be another Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is a member of their community, a compatible community or from the same language group.

Eligibility

Carers can be single, divorced, married, unmarried couples or a relative (kin) e.g. an aunty, uncle or grandparent. They can be young adults, middle aged or an Elder, have several or no children and can hold full-time or part-time employment.

Carers must reflect the following legislative requirements for eligibility:

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must be willing to undergo a suitability assessment (conducted by Central Screening Unit) in regards to the applicant's child protection and personal history.
  • Must be willing and able to complete pre-service training and additional training if required to meet the individual needs of any children placed in their care.

Accessing the service

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander carer and are looking for an agency in the Gold Coast area, please call our team on (07) 5520 8600 or simply fill out the online form below and a member of our team will contact you.

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