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Uniting Care Burnside Uniting Care Burnside is a non-government agency of the Uniting Church which aims to provide a just and safe society for all young people and their families-because children matterUniting Care Burnside brochure pg 4 The Dubbo department opened over twenty years ago following the merger of several similar services Eventually the original residential homes of Badalla House and Dalmar were closed and the Government surplus from this was re-issued to Burnside It was obvious that the far west region of New South Wales was in need of a youth and family network of this demeanour hence the highly developed and reliable service that is Burnside today Burnside is not directly accessible to the general public As they are a Department of Community Services DoCS contracted network all children are referred to them by DoCS only This is beneficial to Burnside as limited funds and resources enforce a strict criteria as to who accesses their support services When a family fits into the criteria which suggests they are underprivileged vulnerable or dysfunctional steps will be taken to break the cycle of these downturns In extreme cases such steps will include the child or children being removed from the home either temporarily or permanently When a child is referred to Burnside a number of support programs are available to them A short-term program involves the child undergoing out of home care foster care for approximately three months This is most common in cases where the childs behavioural and emotional patterns need constant attention and improvement for this short time period In most cases the child is able to re-enter the family home after this time however if this is not suitable the child will become a state ward or be re-entered into the short term program In cases of the child becoming a state ward they enter the long-term program This is when the child cannot return to their biological family for various reasons
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