When Koori children and young people are no longer able to be cared for by their family, we co-ordinate services and supports in an effort to provide the best outcome.

Foster Care
The primary purpose of the Foster Care program is to provide Aboriginal children and young people who require home based care with a safe and caring home environment.

Carers are provided with support and ongoing training to help provide the best possible outcomes for themselves and the children or young people in their care.

Interested in becoming a foster carer?

Foster carers are essential to the out of home care program at MDAS.
They play a vital role in changing the lives of vulnerable children and young people through providing support, nurturing, guidance and love.
Attracting and training these very important people is the role of the recruitment and assessment officer.
Within their role the recruitment and assessment officer provides support to carers through regular supervision sessions, coordinates the initial and ongoing training of foster carers and conducts comprehensive assessments of carer households that inform recommendations for annual accreditation.
The recruitment and assessment officer provides a link between the carer and available support networks.
MDAS Foster Carers are highly-valued and strongly supported.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Children's Placement Services.

Kinship Care
Mallee District Aboriginal Services provides support to carers and the young people in their care, referred from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Aboriginal children and young people in kinship placements receive ongoing support with their carer family. 

Kinship care promotes continuity for children and young people and maintains family connections by retaining the children and young person’s link with their family, community and culture. 
Therapeutic Residential Care
Therapeutic Residential care is an out-of-home care placement option providing temporary, short-term or long-term accommodation and support to children who have been removed from the family home.

The program seeks to do more than provide safe care for children. It aims to heal and support the wellbeing of Aboriginal children who have experienced considerable trauma. 
MALLEE DISTRICT ABORIGINAL SERVICES  “Our Vision: Generations of vibrant, healthy and strong Aboriginal communities”

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