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Foster and Kinship Care Assessment Service

Fee-for-service foster and kinship care assessment

Introducing our Foster and Kinship Care Assessment Service

At Mercy Community Services, we have been providing quality foster and kinship care support to Queensland communities for over twenty years.

Through our Foster and Kinship Care Assessment Service, our experienced staff manage all aspects of foster and kinship care assessment work, including complex cases.

We engage with foster and kinship care applicants in metropolitan and regional centres to provide detailed, high quality foster and kinship care assessments.

Who can access our Foster and Kinship Care Assessment Service?

Our Foster and Kinship Care Assessment Service is available to staff from the Department of Communities, Disabilities and Child Safety and from non-government organisations.

Contact us to talk over how we can help you with your foster and kinship care assessment needs!

How does our assessment service work?

When you contact us about a foster and kinship care assessment, we discuss with you the individual requirements of the assessment and the details of the foster and kinship care applicant family.

This discussion also includes service delivery issues such as:

  • the number of assessment hours needed to complete the assessment
  • the location of the applicant family
  • travel and accommodation needed to undertake the assessment.

Each assessment is negotiated with you so that we can meet the unique needs of the applicant household and the requirements of Child Safety.

We provide you with a quote for the foster and kinship care assessment that has been discussed.

On formal acceptance of the quote, we contact you to arrange an assessment meeting with the applicant family.

We conduct home interviews with the applicants and include the following as part of the assessment:

  • a household safety study
  • a health and wellbeing questionnaire
  • interviews with other household members, including birth and placed children.

We also interview Child Safety staff, where needed.

We customise our assessment service to your needs

At Mercy Community Services, we support your work as a Child Safety Officer in improving the lives of children and young people who are in need of foster and kinship care support.

Each foster and kinship care assessment’s needs are unique. We welcome the opportunity to develop a proposal tailored to your individual assessment needs.

What makes our assessment service unique?

We enjoy an excellent professional reputation, built over many years of partnership with the Queensland Government, in providing foster and kinship care services.

We follow best practice in foster and kinship care assessment and maintain high standards across our foster and kinship care service.

We focus on strengths-based practice and the provision of a trauma-informed service.

We ensure that our foster and kinship care assessment services are completed on time and according to the requirements of the contract.

As a Child Safety Officer, you can have confidence in the integrity of our foster and kinship care assessment process.

Our assessment service is offered in a wide range of areas

Our teams operate in the Brisbane, North Coast, South East and South West Regions.

How much does our assessment service cost?

The complexity of the assessment determines the costs of our service. This includes the assessment type, geographic location and applicant’s availability.  

Foster and Kinship Care Assessor

From $71 per hour, Monday to Friday*

  • Direct in-home interviews and visits, third party reference checks, health and wellbeing questionnaire, file review, advice, professional recommendation and documentation.
  • Attendance at assessment panel meetings.

From $87 per hour, Saturday and Sunday*

From $145 per hour, public holidays*

  • Where the applicant is only available on Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday.

An assessment report and attachments are provided at the end of each assessment. The cost of the report varies according to the complexity of the assessment.

Our fees can vary according to the type of service requested of us and are reviewed annually.

Cancellation of service

Cancellation of our service with less than 24 hours notice is charged at the rate of the planned hours.

Find out more!

Contact us to find out more about how we can provide you with foster and kinship care assessment services.

South West Region

E mercyfkcassessmenttmba@mercycs.org.au.

All other Regions

E mercyfkcassessment@mercycs.org.au.

* As at January 2016