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Out of Home Care

Every night in Gippsland there are hundreds of children in need of a safe home. A disproportionate number of these children are Aboriginal.

At GEGAC, we are driven by the belief that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children should have a safe, supportive and culturally appropriate home.

Ideally this should be with the child’s mother, father, or close relatives.

However, it is not a perfect world, and we know this is not always possible.

Our Out-of-Home Care team operates a number of programs that strive to provide safe, supportive and culturally appropriate homes for children that need shelter, including supporting family members to become carers, and training and supporting both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal foster carers.

There’s more information about those programs and services below.

We acknowledge that colonisation, dispossession, child removal and other discriminatory government policies of the past have resulted in significant intergenerational trauma, structural disadvantage and racism with long-lasting and far-reaching consequences.

Which is why we work hard to support Aboriginal parents and families, find safe and supportive homes within their community whenever possible, and train all carers on how to help children stay connected to culture and community.

We support many Boorai from Gurnaikurnai Country, but we also know that many Aboriginal Boorai living on Gunaikurnai Country come from traditional lands all over Victoria, such as Yorta Yorta, Wadda Wurrung or Wurundjeri.

We work to ensure their cultural support is consistent with their Country’s traditions.

Could you be a Carer?

What we need is simple: Responsible and compassionate adults that can provide a safe home for a child that needs one.

We provide full training and close support to would-be carers, and you’ll have a dedicated case-manager to help you every step of the way.

If this sounds like you, or if you’d just like to learn more about becoming a carer, reach out to us by filling in the form below.

One of our Out-of-Home Care team members will get back to you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a foster carer?

What matters most is that you can offer stability and support to a child or young person while they cannot live at home.

To be a foster carer you need to: 

  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Have a spare bedroom 
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (in some cases non-permanent residents can become foster carers for emergency and respite placements) 
  • Be able to pass relevant background checks

People from all backgrounds and walks of life are encouraged to apply to become foster carers.

Do I have to be Aboriginal to foster an Aboriginal child?

Whilst the best outcome is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to remain in the care of their community, sometimes this is not always possible.

Foster carers from all cultural backgrounds who can create a culturally safe and supportive environment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children are encouraged to apply.  

Ready to take the next step? 

If you’re eligible and ready to apply to become a foster carer or want to learn more about the process, give us a call GEGAC’s Out-of-Home Care team on 5150 0712, or use our online form, above.


Our Out of Home Care Programs

Kinship Case Contracting

GEGAC is contracted by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to provide day-to-day case management for Aboriginal children residing in Statutory Kinship Placements.

The role of a Kinship Case Contracting worker is to meet the child’s safety, stability and developmental needs, while ensuring the child’s right to their Culture and community is supported.

The program caters to the needs of Aboriginal children/young people who are living in out of home care.

Kinship Case Contracting advocates for the child and works with the child’s entire Care Team, including the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, to achieve the best outcomes for child in care and the people who care for them.

For more information

Access to the service is through referral from Department of Families Fairness and Housing.

To learn more, call our Out of Home Care team on 5150 0712 and ask to speak to someone about Kinship Case Contracting.

Koorie Kare (Home Based Care)

Koorie Kare (Home Based Care) program is responsible for completing regular assessment to identify the strengths within the given placements and to identify where any further supports need to be put in place to support both carers and children.

The Koorie Kare program is for all children who reside in out of Home Care on a statutory order.

Koorie Kare assists Foster Carers to manage ongoing and emerging concerns for the child.

The role of the Case Manager is to meet the child’s safety, stability and developmental needs, while ensuring the child’s right to their Culture and community is supported.

Koorie Kare advocates for the child and works with the child’s entire Care Team, including the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, to achieve the best outcomes for child in care and the people who care for them.

Koorie Kare supports provide practical support and/or material aid to support the stability and continuation of the placement.

For more information

Referral is through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

To learn more, call our Out of Home Care team on 5150 0712 and ask to speak to someone about the Koori Kare (Home Based Care) program.

Cultural Support Planning

The Cultural Support Plan (CSP) program aims to strengthen a child’s cultural identity while implementing supports that help to enable connection to family, community and culture.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are involved in the Out of Home Care system are eligible for a cultural support plan.

The development of a meaningful Cultural Support Plan helps to establish and maintain a child’s identity.

The allocated Cultural Support Plan worker will liaise with family, child protection services, agency staff and any other person relevant to the child and their journey.

They will attend the child’s care team and provide advice on how to support the child in a cultural appropriate way.

The worker will support the development of an informative and meaningful Cultural Support Plan, and they will seek endorsement of the plan from the CEO.

To learn more

Access to this service is through referral from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, or the child’s contracted case manager.

To learn more, call our Out of Home Care team on 5150 0712 and ask to speak to someone about Cultural Support Planning.

Kinship First Supports

Our Kinship First Supports program is responsible for completing comprehensive kinship assessments to identify the strengths within kinship placements and to identify where any further supports need to be put in place to support both kinship carers and children.

Access to Kinship First Supports program is only available through the Department of Health and Human Services for children subject to Children’s Court Orders with placements expected to be required for more than 3 months duration.

Kinship First Supports

  • Will assist the Kinship Carer to adjust to their new role and provide support to manage any emerging issues.
  • Will assist the child to settle into their new placement and respond to the child’s individual developmental needs by facilitating a Care Team.
  • Can provide practical support and/or material aid to support commencement of the placement.
  • Will assist carers to promote connection to culture for Aboriginal children.

More information

To learn more, call our Out of Home Care team on 5150 0712 and ask to speak to someone about Kinship First Supports.