ACWA Workshop Searches for Emergency Out-of-Home Care Placement Solutions

ACWA recently held a workshop focused on emergency placements in out-of-home care (OOHC). Emergency placements have long been an area for joint sector problem solving and innovation. ACWA last focused on this area of the OOHC service system in 2014 in response to the FACS Options Paper on Immediate and Short Term Placements. ACWA’s October […]

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Reminder: Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study Special Session

The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is hosting a special session during its 2017 Conference on the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) on Wednesday, 27 September from 2.55pm. The session is free for FACS staff and stakeholders to attend or live stream The session will provide a brief overview of the study, followed by presentations of three papers based on […]

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New Guidelines for Leaving and Aftercare Assistance

FACS has unveiled changes to the Guidelines for the provision of assistance after leaving out-of-home care. According to FACS, changes have been made to strengthen the leaving care planning process and to remove potential barriers to aftercare support. Key changes to note include: It has been emphasised that leaving care planning is to commence at 15 years […]

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Means Tested Adoption Allowance Commences Operation

A new means-tested adoption allowance announced by the NSW Government in March is now in operation. This allowance, which came into force on July 1, will mirror the carer allowance rates paid by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services so that an eligible person adopting a child in their care is likely to retain […]

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