What is out-of-home care?
Out-of-home care includes:
Foster homes and other homes
If you have been placed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in the care of an approved foster carer, or if you have been placed in the care of someone else other than your parent, a Commission Community Visitor will visit you.
For more information see the booklet below:
Shelters and residential facilities
A shelter or residential facility is a place where you live with a small group of young people. You are looked after by youth workers or house parents. There are many shelters and residential facilities across the state. A shelter or residential facility may be funded by the government and run by a community agency. This includes independent living units and houses supported by a youth worker. It also includes special residential facilities for young people with a disability.
A detention centre is where you live if you are subject to a detention order under the Juvenile Justice Act. There are two centres in Queensland which are run by the Youth Justice section of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
Mental Health Services
An authorised mental health service is where you live as an "inpatient" while getting treatment for a mental health illness. You are looked after by medical staff.
Last Updated: July 26, 2012