Post Placement Support Service (PPSS)

Vision

Building strong families in kinship care, permanent care, adoption and foster care.

Our focus

We strongly believe that parents and carers who are well supported are more likely to be able to provide the stable and positive experience of family life needed by children for their long term health and well-being.

History

The Post Placement Support Service (Vic) Inc was formally established in 2003, following several years of planning and consultation. It is an early intervention education and support service which serves individuals, families and groups who have a personal or professional connection with kinship care, permanent care, adoption and foster care.

The Post Placement Support Service (PPSS) is incorporated and has been endorsed as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and a Public Benevolent Institution by the Australian Taxation Office. The organisation is run by an elected Board of Management made up of members with relevant professional and personal expertise. In 2010, we set up the Post Placement Resource Centre funded by the William Buckland Foundation, the ANZ Trustees, the Collie Foundation and the Felton Bequest.

What we do

The Post Placement Support Service (PPSS) has been operating since 2003, working to support kinship carers, permanent carers, foster carers and adoptive parents to care for their children and themselves. We do that by delivering services which:
• Directly support carers/parents
• Creatively work with children in home based care and adoption and
• Improve the service system in which carers, parents and children operate.

PPSS currently delivers services across five (5) core areas:

  1. Information Services – including:
    • Member Newsletter
    • Carer Information and Support Service (telephone support service, delivered in collaboration with the Foster Care Association of Victoria)
    • Online Resources through our website and
    • Service Provider Referral Service
  2. Training Programs and Information Sessions – including:
    • programs provided for carers/parents;
    • children in out of home care/adoption;
    • and professionals (therapists; counsellors; placement workers; health and allied health workers; education and legal practitioners).
  3. Support Groups/Programs – including:
    • peer and therapeutic support groups;
    • early intervention programs targeted at carers/parents and children in home based care and adoption
  4. Best Practice Dissemination – including:
    • Research and pilot program delivery
    • Coordination of  workshops and forums
    • Conference participation
  5. Advocacy – including:
    • participation in key sector networks and representative bodies;
    • involvement in policy review and development forums.

By delivering these services PPSS seeks to:
• Improve carers’ and parents’ access to information
• Improve the ability of carers, parents and professionals to understand the needs of children in their care and to learn what works best in managing challenging behaviour

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