Extended Family Support (EFS)
The Extended Family Support individual funding package supports families who are experiencing significant levels of stress and are at very high risk of seeking alternative living arrangements for their child or young person with disability.
It is a flexible funding package of support that is tailored to meet individual family need over a longer fixed term period (up to twelve months). This approach puts families and their goals and aspirations at the centre of support planning and is intended to supplement existing supports including therapy, respite and support coordination.
It is a flexible funding package of support that is tailored to meet individual family need over a longer fixed term period (up to twelve months). The Extended Family Support program supports families to:
- manage day-to-day demands
- reduce stress and build resilience
- ensure existing living arrangements and family care arrangements are maintained and the home is a safe, stable and nurturing home environment
Where necessary, placements can be arranged when a child is temporarily unable to remain living at home. When this happens, the focus is on restoring the family’s original living arrangements with the child returning home.
Are you eligible for Extended Family Support?
Families already accessing mainstream and ADHC funded disability services who require additional support to manage stress and crisis and maintain the family living arrangements may be eligible for an Extended Family Support funding package. The program is available to families with children and young people up to 18 years of age with disability who are already accessing ADHC or non-government disability services. The number of places in Extended Family Support are limited and depend on level of need and funding availability.
To find out more, visit the individual funding web page.