Are you ready now, to make a positive difference in a child's life?
There are a number of ways you can support a child or young person who needs a safe place to stay.
Being a foster carer can involve weeks, months, years or a life-time commitment. Some children and young people return to their families after living with a foster carer for a short period of time and others need to be fostered in a family that can look after them on a permanent basis until they become independent. We have a number of children who are currently in need of immediate long-term care.
Some children and young people receive respite care, which is a regular care for one weekend a month or a fortnight, to give their parents or foster carer a break. Right now we need carers across all types of care.
All types of kids need all types of carers. Foster carers come from all walks of life. They are single, married, in a same-sex or de facto relationship, male or female, employed, studying or retired, and come from many cultural backgrounds. They may have children living at home, adult children who have moved out of the home or have no children of their own. Foster carers don’t need a big or ‘perfect’ house to foster a child or young person. They may own their own home or rent a unit, although they will need to have a spare bedroom for a foster child or sibling group.
Children and young people come into care with strong family ties. Maintaining connections with a child’s birth parents and extended families is vital for a child’s emotional and social wellbeing and development. Foster Carers play an important role in supporting these relationships along with a child’s connection to their cultural background and religious beliefs.
Could you become a foster carer?
We know it’s a big decision to make, so we have interviewed some of our current carers about what it’s like to be a foster carer and why they would recommend the experience – read their stories below.