Understanding the Extended Family Program is a new fact sheet for parents and caregivers. Part of the Aboriginal Child Protection Fact Sheet Series, the fact sheet explains in plain language how the Extended Family Program provides an alternative to foster care by allowing children to be placed in the care of family or friends if their parents are temporarily unable to care for them. The fact sheet provides information about:
- who can become a caregiver,
- what’s involved in setting up an Extended Family Program agreement,
- how long children can stay with their caregiver under an Extended Family Program agreement, and
- where parents and caregivers can go for more information and support.
The fact sheet also highlights that parents have the right to get a lawyer if they’re being investigated for a child protection matter, and includes space for parents to write down important information about their case.