What is Family Preservation?
It is the belief of the TFSS that the family is the core social unit in society and that all people, regardless of circumstances, have a right to control their own lives and to be respected individuals.
This program is grounded in the principle that it is best for children to be raised by their own family wherever possible.
The Family Preservation program is available for children and young people between the ages of 9-15 who are at risk of significant harm. The service will aim to build on the parent or carers protective abilities and enable families to build strong and healthy relationships. Additionally, it is tailored towards assisting young people to develop life skills, whilst offering practical family and parenting support. A holistic approach is taken to meet the needs of the young person and their family and we provide innovative and fun activities to promote engagement and support to achieve this purpose.
Why Are Families Referred to the Program?
The Family Preservation program receives referrals from Family and Community Services (FACS) and other support agencies within the community.
The program will work with families in crisis, whose children or young people are at risk of significant harm.
The aim of the program is to:
- Keep children at home in a safe, stable environment
- Improve parenting capacity and family functioning
- Improve children’s wellbeing
- Prevent unnecessary placement in out of home care and prevent re-entry into the child protection system
- Build meaningful connections within the community
- Increase the number of children and young people that are engaged in education.
Workers assist clients to:
- Identify achievable goals with individuals
- Access social and community support through advocacy and referrals
- Improve parenting skills with the assistance of accredited programs
- Assist with living skills and promote problem solving abilities
- Assist with financial management and budgeting
- Improve household living conditions and build on household routines
- Stabilise crisis situations
- Maintain and strengthen family bonds and reduce family conflict
- Assist families to reduce risk of harm and safety concerns for their children and improve child well-being
- Provide support to families in relation to individual behavioural management.
What Does this Program Involve?
- Intensive casework and support for young people and their family
- Home visits and group work programs - the program will initially include up to 2 home visits a week to provide youth and families with intensive support.
- A follow up period of less intensive tailored support is offered to consolidate and build in progress made.
- Additionally there will be a focus on encouraging children and young people’s positive engagement in education.
Principles Underpinning Interaction with Families
- We aim to empower families to be active in decisions that affect their lives
- Safety is the highest priority
- Building trusting relationships with families, based upon honesty and respect are the foundation for a strong family between family members
- Family members are respected partners
- Connecting families to services and their community promotes for good outcomes
- Working holistically with each family, focusing on the whole family, how they relate as individuals and how the needs of each individual affect the rest of the family
- Seek feedback from families about the service received
- Motivate families and instill hope. Change is possible when motivation is present
- Provide information and assist to build skills to help families to become self-sufficient
- A crisis is an opportunity for change
- A families culture should always be respected
- Family members do not usually intend to harm one another.
For more information about Family Preservation, contact
Phone: 02 6763 2333