The Pathways Out of Home Care (OOHC) program offers both Residential and Foster Care options for young people.
Pathways Residential provides a safe and nurturing environment for young people ranging in ages from 12 to 17 years who are in need of alternative accommodation due to being unable to live with their parents, kinfolk or foster carers. The program aims to provide young people with a long-term, consistent and caring environment in which to facilitate good health, safety, cultural and community connection, spiritual growth, emotional development and learning.
The program operates residential facilities in Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes and Tamworth. As part of the continuum of care, Pathways has a Supported Independent Living program; an outreach service set up in the community offering a transitional pathway into complete independence for young people leaving Out-of-Home Care.
Pathways adopts the Response Ability Pathways (RAP) philosophy and approach to youth development into its daily operation and long-term development planning. RAP is a therapeutic approach to youth development and has its roots based in traditional Native American culture. RAP has been successfully utilised by youth programs all over the world.
Within the RAP philosophy is the Circle of Courage, which looks at youth development and welfare through four elements – Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity. The Pathways program aims to develop each individual’s Circle of Courage and in the process assist them to live rewarding and productive lives.
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Listen Last month, Pathfinders celebrated Foster Care Week and acknowledged all the fantastic work of New South Wale’s foster carers and agencies. Pathfinders in Armidale teamed up with local NGOs including Challenge Community Services, CFDU and Foundations Care to host a Foster Care Week Disco for kids in the community. Our organisations worked together to... View Article
Listen With more than 20,000 children in out-of-home care in New South Wales and a shortage of foster carers, 21-year-old Natasha Brown decided to answer the call for help. The young Inverell resident never saw foster care in her future, but her support work with Pathfinders Non-Placement Support Services inspired her to apply. “Working with... View Article
Listen Not-for-profit and out-of-home care provider, Pathfinders, is set to launch its first ever indigenous Cultural Camp to help Aboriginal youth reconnect with their culture. To be held at The Willows in Glen Innes, New South Wales, during the October school holidays the four day camp is designed to address the loss of transmission of... View Article
Listen Community involvement and support along with interagency collaboration is an important part of the Pathfinders culture. We enjoy all opportunities to get to know and work alongside our partners! It was a very busy weekend for Pathfinders with our not-for-profit being represented at two local community events. Friday night saw us up against some... View Article
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