The Department of Communities funds a number of community based support services specially targeting the needs of former residents. These support services are listed below and operate from Lotus Place in South Brisbane.
*Note that these services are only for people who grew up in Queensland Homes or institutions. They are not available to Care Leavers now living in Queensland who were in care in other states of Australia.
Address: 18 Merivale Street, South Brisbane PO Box 3449, South Brisbane QLD 4101 Phone:1800 035 588 (toll-free within Australia) (07) 3844 8804
The Aftercare Resource Centre (ARC)
Aftercare Resource Centre (ARC) is a program of Relationships Australia (Qld) and provides:
Face-to-face counselling at the ARC office at South Brisbane, Relationships Australia branch offices and approved private practitioners in Queensland and interstate;
Telephone counselling via a 1800 telephone number;
Limited financial assistance for education expenses or vocational training opportunities, medical and psychological reports, personal development programs, records searches, family reunification and victim impact statements.
The Forde Foundation The Forde Foundation was established in 2000 as a charitable trust to assist former residents of children's institutions in Queensland and some foster care residents. Through the grants program, former residents are encouraged to create opportunities to rebuild their lives by accessing services or items which help with:
Education, training and personal development
Health and dental care
Other items or services to facilitate improve their quality of life.