Kerry Moore has worked extensively in the child and family services field across both non-government and government sectors. She has established and managed a range of innovative early intervention, intensive family preservation, new entry out-of-home care, restoration and Kinship Care services. Kerry currently has executive responsibility in Barnardos Australia for these services in regional and rural NSW and the ACT.
Achieving permanency for young children entering foster care: Outcomes from Barnardos’ Temporary Family Care model (Oral Paper Presentation)
Barnardos Australia has modelled its practice approach so that it closely aligns with the Permanent Placement Principles underpinning the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection Act). Built upon a robust body of evidence, the Barnardos Temporary Family Care (TFC) model is positioned at the front end of the permanency continuum, where it acts as the initial point of contact for children as they enter the out-of-home care (OOHC) system. The program specialises in promoting the maintenance of children within their family or kinship networks. TFCs work to support families and act as a ‘gatekeeper’ to the OOHC system so that children are returned to their parents when it becomes safe to do so and ‘drift’ in the OOHC system is avoided. The priority is permanency planning for each child and enhanced family functioning to enable children to be reared at home. A high level of placement stability (no moves) is a feature of the TFC model, and where long-term care is required, there is rapid transition to Barnardos Find-A-Family (FAF) permanent care model.
Independent actuarial analysis (McGarva, 2017, 2019) on trends in outcomes from the TFC model will be presented including ages and entry at exit, durations in care, forms of exit and the extent to which TFC placement influences further durations in care, exit outcomes and placement stability. Effective practices for identifying informal support networks and supporting kin carers to enable children to be reared within their family and kinship networks will be highlighted.