A Step Up for Our Kids – One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference

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Out of home care services in the ACT and around Australia are currently facing many challenges including how to respond to rising demand for out of home care places and difficulties in attracting and retaining foster carers. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are significantly over represented among care populations and life outcomes for many care leavers continue to be poor. The ACT’s new five year strategy A Step Up for Our Kids – One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference (the Strategy) responds to these challenges. The 2015-16 ACT Budget will provide $38.9 million over four years to fund the out of home care system, including an investment of $16 million in new services and reforms through the implementation of A Step Up for Our Kids.

Strategy
Information Resources

Latest News and Updates

New - 2016 Trauma Informed Training Dates
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trauma Informed Training
Important changes to carer approvals
Tender announcement – A Step Up for Our Kids – Continuum of Care
Links to other Community Services
Children and Young People Act 2008 Amendment Bill (No 3)
New Services for Families

Further background information and information on the Strategy can be found on the Information Resources or by contacting the out of home care services team CBRstepsup@act.gov.au or (02) 6207 4544.

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