Australia’s largest ever foster and kinship care conference, with over 700 carers and delegates, will today call on the nation’s governments to give young people in state care the option to extend support from 18 to 21.Read more...

Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) is the only known empirically proven therapeutic foster care model alternative to residential care placements. The program targets children and young people in residential care or at risk of entering into residential care because of very serious emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.Read more...

Mounting evidence suggests that children and young people living in out-of-home care (OoHC) are at increased risk of problematic eating behaviours (i.e., emotional eating, compulsive eating, overeating, and binge eating, stealing or hoarding food). A recent study found nearly a quarter (22.1%) of young people living in residential care in Victoria presented with clinically significant eating problems. Greater attention to young people’s eating behaviours by the people responsible for their care is, therefore, not only warranted but needed urgently. The aim of this study is to better understand the prevalence of problematic eating amongst young people living in OoHC. The findings of this study will be used to develop appropriate interventions specifically for the unique context of OoHC.Read more...

Former AFL footballer Digby Morrell joins students packing goodies for foster kidsRead more...

The Foster Care Association of Victoria would like to say a huge thank you to Crumbz Craft in Healesville who dedicated a Yarn-a-thon in May to fundraise for us. They today reached their goal of an incredible $5,000 which will be put to use supporting our wonderful foster carers.Read more...

This reference guide was created to help foster and kinship carers quickly locate information regarding common questions that may arise during their experience caring for children and young people in out-of-home care. Read more...

Aboriginal children and young people represent 20 per cent of all children in state care in Victoria and are 12 times more likely than non-Aboriginal children to be placed in Out of Home Care.Read more...

When do I need a Police Check for people visiting or staying in my home?Read more...

The Foster Care Association of Victoria is pleased to present the Foster Carer Census Brochure, showcasing the stand out characteristics and situations of Victoria’s foster carers.Read more...

Foster and kinship carers play a crucial role in our society, helping raise the nearly 8,000 Victorian children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned, or for some other reason find themselves under state protection.Read more...

Feeling disconnected from your agency? Not sure what to do next?Read more...

On Sunday, Melbourne Museum opened the brand new Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery specially designed for babies to 5 year olds and their carers.Read more...