The child’s family must attend the assessment and interventions provided by Coral Tree. Coral Tree embraces the many different forms a family can take, and seeks to engage a child’s family in a way that is meaningful to their day-to-day life. For the purposes of service provision, we define a child’s family as those they live with. This can include both of a child’s biological parents and biological siblings that share the same two parents. However, in many instances, this is not the case and a child’s family can include one biological parent; or two separate households each with one of their biological parents; or a parent’s new partner; or siblings that share one biological parent; or grandparents and others that might live in the family home.
A child’s family can include neither of their biological parents—this can be described as Out-of-Home Care (OoHC)—and can be care provided by a biological relative (e.g., grandparent, aunty or uncle, referred to as kinship care) or foster carers. Children in such care arrangements can be in the care of the Minister or parental responsibility can reside with those caring for them, or there can be shared care between the two. While, in such instances, there may be the need to seek certain consent from Family and Community Services (FaCS) or the Non-governemnt organisations (NGO) responsible for overseeing the child’s care, we engage with these carers in the same way as we would with a child’s biological parents.