While carers take on the majority of day-to-day care needs, they are supported by Territory Families in many ways, such as:
- Financial allowances to meet the day-to-day needs of the child.
- Financial allowances (with pre-approval) for additional needs of the child.
- Assistance and support with the child's individual care plan, including when a child leaves care.
- Assistance with transport to appointments if required.
- Arrangements and transport for family visits.
Ongoing training and development opportunities to help carers to work respectfully and collaboratively with families, other carers and service providers, and to inform carers of relevant changes to children’s needs or circumstances.
There are many other team members that can be involved in caring for a child, including health care professionals, teachers, child care workers, a number of support agencies, and of course the child's own family.
Kinship and foster carers have responsibilities to the child in their care, and are expected to:
Work together as part of a Care Team
- Work respectfully and collaboratively with families, the department and other service providers.
- Be open and honest with the child, the Case Manager and other service providers.
- Allow Case Managers to visit and support them on a regular basis and to see the child or young person on their own.
- Inform the Case Manager of relevant changes to the child’s needs or the carer's family circumstances.