Understanding the Extended Family Program

This fact sheet provides information in plain language about the Extended Family Program.

If a social worker removes your children from your home because you're temporarily unable to take care of them, you can ask to have family or friends care for them under the program. This means that instead of going into foster care, your children will stay with someone they know.

This fact sheet explains:

  • who can become a caregiver for your children,
  • what's involved in setting up an Extended Family Program agreement,
  • how long your children can stay with their caregiver, and
  • where to get more information and support.

See also: Understanding Aboriginal Child Protection/Removal Matters, Understanding Child Protection Mediation for Aboriginal Families, Understanding Court Orders and Hearings, and Understanding Delegated Aboriginal Agencies.

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