Family Works provides foster care for children and young people (0-17 years) for a planned period of time when parents/caregivers or extended family members are not able to look after them.
Children and young people may need to be cared for away from their home for many reasons but in all cases there are issues relating to their care and protection, e.g. family stress, family crisis, family illness, parenting issues, violence, lack of family supports and resources.
Foster care can be provided in various ways: in emergencies, for regular respite, for a short period of time or for a longer period of time.
Family Works has a contract with Child, Youth and Family (CYF) to provide care for children and young people who are with CYF. CYF remain involved with these children, young people and their families.
Family Works also provides community foster care for children and young people in Southland. In these cases foster care is always part of a plan to assist families to resolve their difficulties.
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When children are placed in Foster Care, Family Works: