Keeping siblings together

A tumultuous time of anxiety and uncertainty can be even more confronting for children in out-of-home care if they are separated from their siblings.

Uniting (Victoria/Tasmania) in partnership with VACCA and Alfred Health is excited to be testing a new model of care for sibling groups new to the out-of-home care system.

Keeping Connected; Sibling Support and Placement Service has been implemented under the Roadmap for Reform to test new or strengthened approaches to better support sibling groups entering the out-of-home care system.

The aim of this initiative is to better support sibling groups entering the out-of-home care system through early targeted planning to support reunification and/or longer term placement stability. 

As an accredited foster carer, you too can contribute to better supporting sibling groups entering out-of-home care to remain together.

“I can’t imagine being separated from my sisters… it would be awful.”

As a foster carer in this model of care you will;

  • Have the option of supporting sibling groups (new to out-of-home care) for up to 5 weeks in your own home or in a rental home provided by Uniting
  • Receive a retainer allowance (in addition to the caregiver allowance) to assist with the day-to-day running costs of supporting the sibling group
  • Receive ongoing support and practical assistance from a designated case worker (that includes support from Alfred Health clinicians)
  • Have access to training on parenting approaches to support healing and skill development
  • Be provided with an after-hours on-call service should you need support
  • Provided with regular respite

We urgently need more carers to support siblings who are placed in foster care. If you think you can care for siblings, we would love to hear from you.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the program is run in conjunction with Alfred Health Children and Youth Mental Health Service and The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.