Aboriginal Intensive Family Support Services

Keeping Families Together

What is the Aboriginal Intensive Family Support Service – AIFSS

The Aboriginal Intensive Family Support Service (AIFSS) is funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to provide an Aboriginal Intensive Family Support Service (AIFSS). The AIFSS is an initiative of the ADHC that provides short-term, intensive and flexible in home support that assists individual families that have a child with a disability, where there is a risk of out-of-home placement and/or family breakdown.

The objectives of AIFSS are to:

  • Support Aboriginal families with a child or young person with a disability under a high level of stress or in crisis to resolve their immediate difficulties and create a safe, stable and nurturing home environment.
  • Reduce out of home placement of children and young people with disabilities.
  • Coordinate the range of ongoing supports a family needs to enhance family capacity to provide ongoing support.
  • Provide positive developmental experiences for the child or young person with a disability.
  • Work collaboratively with the whole family using strength based approach.

Expected Outcomes for Aboriginal Families:

  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Increased confidence and capacity to manage future stresses
  • Reduced risk of out-of-home placement of children with a disability
  • More positive perception of family circumstances and family relationships
  • Improved family functioning through the development of sustainable routines
  • Improved access to a culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • Improved social networks
  • Decreased isolation

Who is eligibleto receive access to AIFSS?

  1. Aboriginal families with children and young   people (up to 18 years) who have a disability as  recognised under the NSWDisability Services Act 1993 and who may be at risk of out of home placement.
  2. Aboriginal families residing in the Hastings, Manning and Macleay Valleys within the Birpai and Dungutti tribal boundaries

A family is not eligible for the AIFSS if:

  • The child or young person is already residing in an out of home care placement.
  • They are not a resident of NSW.
  • Their child is under the care and guardianship of Family and Community Services for whom the most appropriate response is liaison with Family and Community Services.
  • Where the child or young person has received compensation for their disability that is of such a level that they could reasonably be expected to meet the costs of services and supports.

For further information contact Centacare and we will arrange for you to receive a referal pack.