Pathways Out-of-Home Care: Residential Care

The Pathways Out of Home Care (OOHC) program offers both Residential and Foster Care options for vulnerable children and young people that can’t live at home.
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 primary care providers. The program aims to provide young people with a trauma informed, 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, Tamworth and the Mid North Coast. 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 uses a trauma informed and attachment framework through the adoption of the Sanctuary model. This helps to provided children, young people and foster carers with a greater understanding of the emotional, physical and wellbeing needs of the young people in our care. It also assists foster carers and primary carers in understanding and dealing with challenging situations from a trauma informed perspective. Within the Sanctuary model we have adopted the Response Ability Pathways (RAP) approach to childhood development. RAP is also 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 has 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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