Foster and Kinship Care Recruitment
Foster Care Queensland provides support to all Foster and Kinship Carers in Queensland. View the Support for Foster and Kinship Carers video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grpefx4tIS0
All Foster and Kinship Carers receive initial and ongoing training. Have a look at the Training for Foster Carers video to see how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxdENkpyOHk
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is the lead government agency in Queensland in Child Protection and are responsible for the care and protection of all Queensland children. View the Working Together video to see how Child Safety works together with an extensive care team to recruit, train and support non-government support services in Foster and Kinship Care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB5sJHvBrr0
The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies runs a land-based remedial movement program, ‘Motor Active’, for children aged 3-12 with motor coordination and developmental disabilities. This program focuses on enhancing confidence, motivation and fundamental motor skills important for child development i.e. balance, strength, flexibility, locomotion, agility, kicking, catching, batting, passing, coordination, spatial awareness and manual dexterity activities. The activities performed within the program are completed one-on-one with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of exercise physiology and are tailored to each child’s individual level of functional ability. We also include group interaction activities into the program to help promote social interaction with other children and reduce social anxiety in a physical activity environment. At the beginning of the program each child completes a motor proficiency fitness assessment which helps determine which of the above areas require additional attention throughout the duration of the program. A final assessment is also completed at the end of the 8 week program to observe the degree of improvement gained across the program.
In addition to the ‘Fundamental Motor Skills’ program offer, Motor Active also runs a ‘Sports Skills’ program designed to provide children with an introduction to individual and team sports and provide a stepping stone between our fundamental motor skills program and school sport. ‘Sports Skills’ is designed to accommodate school aged children between 5 and 12 years who have difficulty learning sport skills in a school environment. The program focuses on developing sports skills, game rules and human anatomy knowledge and also provides a setting for enhancing each child’s confidence and motivation in a sporting environment. The program offers one-on-one weekly sessions with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of exercise physiology. Each session focuses on three sports and includes group interaction (warm-up, game scenarios, cool-down and stretching). The weekly sessions also incorporate learning how the human body works, the muscles important for specific sports and game rules.
For your interest, please find attached additional information about the program, including program dates and prices, and the enrolment form. Enrolments for the Term 3 Motor Active program are currently being taken. The Term 3 program commences on the 24th/25th/26th July and runs for a duration of 8 weeks.
Video Life Diaries
Life Diaries have played a critical part in the out-of-home care system for many years but carrying bulky photo albums around may prove problematic for many young people. A Video Life Diary is a collection of favourite print and digital photos combined with text and music to produce a stunning video. Video Life Diaries offer a contemporary solution for everyone wishing to preserve moments in their life histories. Caroline Elder, owner operator of Video Life Diaries has 18 years experience working in the child protection field and understands the importance of life diaries for children and young people in out-of-home care. Caroline left the Department at the end of 2011 and started her company Video Life Diaries early this year.
To see more on the Video Life Diaries, please click on the link below
Alongside peak bodies and advocacy groups, community foster care agencies have a key role to play in providing foster care related services throughout Queensland. They provide a range of alternative care services, relating to:
The following community agencies provide shared family care services:
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