Carer Assistance Program

It is well recognised that carers of children in the Out Of Home Care system including (Foster Carers, Permanent Carers, Adoptive Parents and Family Law Court Ordered Carers) can be overwhelmed by a range of issues which may impact their physical and psychological health.

The Carer Assistance Program (CAP) provides therapeutic counselling aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of these carers by providing targeted support, with sector specific knowledge and expertise.

If you feel as though this might be helpful for you please fill out this referral form to be contacted directly by the CAP team with an appointment.


Some of the issues you might need additional support for include

- Loss and grief following a placement termination/breakdown

- Anxiety and depression

- Compassion fatigue

- System ‘trauma’ following CIMS, being deregistered, loss of carer identity


CAP Sessions will be run by Tonya on Mondays and Tuesdays.






Tonya Bavaro joined the FCAV in 2016 and worked as a member of the Carer Information and Support Service team until September 2020. Since the launch of the FCAV’s new Carer Assistance Program (CAP), Tonya has been delivering the CAP’s counselling and therapeutic support to Victorian foster carers. Tonya’s previous work history includes extensive experience working therapeutically with children and families impacted by abuse and trauma. She continues to be a strong advocate for children in home based care and is committed to delivering a unique and targeted therapeutic program focussed on the wellbeing of carers, in recognition of the critical role they play in the lives of these children.





If you feel that you might benefit from CAP support please fill out the referral form online to book a session. It is free and confidential*

*Please note that limits to confidentiality might apply if you or your child/ren are identified as being at risk of harm.


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