Aboriginal children & families

Their Futures Matter is committed to delivering effective and culturally appropriate supports in order to achieve better short and long-term outcomes for Aboriginal children, young people, their families and communities.

Support packages

The cultural needs of Aboriginal children, young people and families are considered throughout our cohort approach, which introduces child and family-centred support packages. Solutions will be designed to improve life outcomes, and keep people connected to their kin, culture and identity.
Support packages will have the flexibility to include Aboriginal community-led programs.

New initiatives

  • Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project: supporting local organisations to develop a stronger evidence base for their programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people and their families.
  • Family preservation and restoration programs: half of all places are dedicated to Aboriginal families.
  • Placement preservation: half of all places are dedicated to Aboriginal children, and will focus on relative and kinship carers.

Aboriginal families and support programs

Our family preservation and restoration services (i.e. MST-CAN® and FFT-CW®) dedicate 50 per cent of places to Aboriginal families.

Monitoring and evaluation of both models is undertaken throughout implementation. This will help us to understand the impact on Aboriginal families and how they access and engage with the models, and will measure the effectiveness of the models.

There are many aspects of the two models that make them accessible for Aboriginal families. The programs are relationship-based and focus on meaningful engagement with families. All members of a family, including the extended family and the community, are involved in the intervention to help repair or build on family support structures so that benefits are sustained over the long term. They are inclusive of community and kinship connections, with the service response delivered in the home.

For more information about these programs, see Family Preservation and Restoration Programs.

The Future System – pillars of the reform

Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.