Out of Home Care

​Types of Care

Emergency care: children/young people may need emergency care when there are concerns for their immediate safety.  Emergency placements can happen at anytime- during the day, in the evening or on weekends.

Respite Care: respite carers can provide short-term respite care for children/ young person who are normally placed with other carers.  This can be for short periods of time like school holidays, weekends or a few hours during the week.  Respite care is planned and scheduled in advance.

Ongoing foster or kinship care: under a court order children/young people may be placed with a foster or kinship carer for a few months or longer.  The immediate focus of a placement is to help children/ young people return home to their parents or extended families, or to ongoing care within the community they have been brought up in.  A long- term placement may provide ongoing safety and stability of a child when they are unable to return home.

Permanent care: if a child/ young person is unable to return safely home they may be considered for a permanent care order, if it is in their best interests.  A permanent care order aims to provide long-term safety and stability for the child/young person and also gives the permanent caregiver all the rights and responsibilities that a parent has.