Children’s services can be accessed either from our Victoria Street Taree office, or the Walanbaa Gaayili Children Services office in Inverell.
Biripi Aboriginal Children Services TAREE
102 Victoria Street, Taree, NSW, 2430, Australia (02) 6591 2411
Walanbaa Gaayili Children Services INVERELL
33 Mansfield Street, Inverell, NSW, 2360, Australia (02) 6721 1600
About Biripi Aboriginal Children Services
The purpose of Biripi Aboriginal Children Services is to meet the increasing needs of Aboriginal Children in Out of Home Care Services by providing high standards of care and protection services through ‘best practice’ case management, to Aboriginal children and young people 0-18 years of age and their families and significant others, including leaving and after care services meeting the needs of young people 18-25 years of age.
The voice of our children, families and community in the decision making processes in their life and service provision is imperative in a holistic healing environment. With a voice comes ownership and commitment in their life decisions and choices.
Biripi Aboriginal Children’s Services have two services for children and young persons living in Out of Home Care situations; one of these services is located in Taree (BACS) and the other is located in Inverell (Walanbaa Gaayili).
Biripi Aboriginal Children’s Service and Walanbaa Gaayili Out of Home Care Service provides Foster Care Support Services to Foster & Kinship/Relative Carers and is an inclusive not-for profit organisation that provides a high quality fostering service that meets the range of needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.
We offer carers:
- 24/7 access to caseworker advice & assistance
- Peer support
- Ongoing training
We Need Aboriginal Carers
BACS is focussed on providing foster care to Aboriginal children and young people and the preference is that they be placed in or on country with Aboriginal foster and kinship carers.
The agency seeks-where possible –to place Aboriginal children with family. The first preference is the best interest of the CYP and to support restoration where that is safe and viable. If possible the next option is guardianship with persons known to the child or young person. Adoption of Aboriginal children and young people is not considered culturally appropriate.
It is accepted that from time to time –Aboriginal children and young people may be placed with non-Aboriginal kin carers.
Unrelated non-Aboriginal carers are recruited to provide respite and emergency short-term care only.
WE need Aboriginal carers and non-Aboriginal carers to cater to the individual needs of the Aboriginal children and young people in our care .Forster Carers are everyday members of the community who have strong commitment to children and young people .They can be family, couple or singles.
Ready to make a difference in an Aboriginal kids life? Call us now on (02) 6591 2411 or send an enquiry. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you become a valued foster carer!
What Types of Forster Care are needed?
Relative or Kinship
Interim or restoration care
Short term foster care
NSW Child Safe Standards – Office of the Guardian
The Office of Children’s Guardian set the bench marks and standards for agency accreditation that directs case workers and management work practices. These bench marks ensure continuous quality improvement for the care, safety and wellbeing for the children in out of home care services.
What is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle?
Cultural safety is important for the safety and well-being of all children. The right to cultural safety while a child is placed in out-of-home care is enshrined in Article 20 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1989).
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle endorses this in legislation and policy in all Australian states and territories. The principle reflects the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and is designed to reduce rates of child removal, enhance child-community connection and preserve cultural identity. The principle states the preferred order of placement for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child who has been removed from their birth family. The preferred order is for the child to be placed with:
Carers within family and kinship networks;
Non-related carers in the child’s community; and then
Carers in another Aboriginal community.
According to the principle, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child can only be placed with a non-Indigenous carer if an appropriate placement cannot be found from these three groups, and if connection between the child and their family, community and cultural identity can be maintained.
Some children are prevented from being placed in accordance with the principle due to implementation barriers such as a shortage of Indigenous foster and kinship carers, poor identification and assessment of carers, and deficiencies in the provision of cultural care and connection to culture and community.
Even when children are placed in accordance to the principle they may become disconnected from their culture. This may occur when children are placed with the “white” side of the family, an Aboriginal carer who is not from the child’s own cultural group, or kin who may have (because of their own removal) been disconnected from their traditional culture (Scott & Higgins, 2011).