Short History

CASPA is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of specialised care services for youth with complex needs and for people with disabilities. Our programs include supervised residential care provided under a therapeutic framework for young people who have complex needs and cannot live with their family. This model also includes modalities of semi-independent living and supervised contact. We also provide Foster Care which involves one or more child or young people living in a community integrated as a part of a family for a specified and agreed amount of time. Plus we provide a range of Family Support programs that include supports under the NDIS, Indie Living, Respite Recovery, Mentoring, Early-Intervention.

The children and young people in the service were asked if they knew about any famous kids in care. Casper "the friendly ghost" came up as a suggestion. He was an interesting choice on a couple of levels but the thing that struck a chord with people is that Casper was a ghost and invisible to most humans in some ways, like how kids in care report they feel. An acronym that stated exactly what the service did and would work with CASPER was devised. One of the young people said that we would have to have the word adolescent because that is what he is. So the name CASPA was created ... Children & Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation.

In recent years, CASPA has grown from strength to strength and is now running programs that include Statutory Therapeutic Residential Out-of-Home care, Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship services, Therapeutic Family Contact Supervision, Mental Health Recovery, Carer Respite and Disability Care services and a specialised team of clinicians and therapists providing trauma-informed therapeutic services and groups. Most recently CASPA has also become a provider of Family Preservation and Early Intervention services.

CASPA employs approximately 250 staff, and deliver services in Casino, Coffs Harbour, Tweed region, with our head office is located in Lismore. We currently have 17 residential locations, with 30 young people in residential care, and 60 young people in foster care.

The previous occupant of CASPA's head office building in Lismore, known as North Coast Children's Home, was featured in the proceedings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We wish to clarify that we have no relationship with that entity. CASPA remains committed to the findings of the royal commission and promotes child safe practices. CASPA is committed to being available to anyone affected by institutional abuse and willing to provide support and counselling services to support recovery.