FACS education - related support
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FACS offers a range of support for the education of kids in out-of-home care:
- Teenage Education Payment (TEP) - payment to assist eligible authorised foster, relative and kinship carers keep 16 and 17 year-olds in their care engaged in education or training.
- Post-Care Education Financial Support - continues financial support if the young person in your care remains in your home after they turn 18, so they can finish Year 12 on a full-time basis. Your caseworker needs to approve it in advance, so give as much notice as possible to access this support.
- Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships - cover the fees of certain vocational education and training qualifications in NSW and are available to students in, or who’ve been in, OOHC.
- Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) - one-off allowance up to $1,500 paid by the Australian Government to young people in OOHC during their transition to independence.
- FACS provides eight OOHC Pathway Scholarships at Western Sydney University, for young care leavers to study in any of the 118 Bachelor Degrees the university offers. The FACS OOHC Pathway Scholarships will be available from Semester One of 2017. Applications close late February/early March.
- FACS website has fact sheets related to education supports and services in out-of-home care:
- Two on high school transition - Starting Year 7 in out-of-home care and Starting Year 11 in out-of home care
- The Education planning in out-of-home care fact sheet which explains the process for individual education learning and support plans at school.
- www.caring.childstory.nsw.gov.au explains education-related casework support you may expect in NSW out-of-home care. See the education section.