Wherever possible Child and Youth Protection Services will work closely with parents and families to try to get them the support they need to stay together. Sometimes this isn’t possible, and children and young people need to come into care for a short period whilst their parents get the help they need. Child and Youth Protection Services will try to get the child or young person home as quickly as possible wherever it is safe to do so. If the child or young person can’t stay with their parents either for a short or long time they live with either a family member or someone who is important to the child or young person (kinship carer), foster carers or in a residential house. The decision for a child or young person to reside with someone other than their parents is made by the ACT Childrens Court.
Parents can always talk to Child and Youth Protection Services about who they think should care for their children and why. Child and Youth Protection Services consider all possible carers and make a decision based on the child or young person’s best interests.
When children and young people are in care, Child and Youth Protection Services works in partnership with lots of different agencies so families have the support they need. The priority is to try and keep families together and if children and young people must come into care that they come home to their parents as soon as possible. It is important that everyone works together. In the long term, if the child or young person can’t stay at home, Child and Youth Protection Services will try to have them placed in a more permanent home.