Crisis care house planned for children

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

NEW accommodation is to be set up in Gladstone for children in crisis.

Anglicare Central Queensland CEO Tony Stevenson said a house would be set up for troubled youths.

'At the moment our only op- tion is foster care for children who have been removed from their family because of traumas such as neglect and abuse,' Mr Stevenson said.

'Many children suffer a signifi- cant amount of trauma and foster care may not be the best option.

'Foster carers do an excellent job, but when a child has signifi- cant behavioural problems it may not be the best option.'

Mr Stevenson said other family members could suffer as a result of the victim child's problems.

'In this house we will have ros- tered staff to care for them and it will work in conjunction with fos- ter care,' he said.

Anglicare is looking for a suit- able premises, and is also recruit- ing (paid) staff.

'We'll provide the training and we hope to have it up and running by June,' Mr Stevenson said.

'We would really encourage any contributions from the com- munity. We have to furnish the house so cutlery and appliances and other items would all be ap- preciated,' he said.

Residents wanting to help may phone 4927 8200 or email anglicar- e@anglicarecq.org.au.



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