Foster Care Support

Caring for children at risk

Our Fostering Young Lives program works with Family and Community Services NSW to provide foster care for children and young people at risk.

We support foster carers to create welcoming, loving and safe home environments.

Fostering Young Lives

Fostering Young Lives ensures caseworkers and foster carers have the skills and resources to support to support children and young people to achieve their developmental, social and educational potential.

We equip carers with tools and strategies to recognise and address the effects of trauma, loss and change. 

Part of building resilience and a positive sense of identity is encouraging children to maintain relationships with their family, and making sure their views are considered as part of decisions that affect their lives.

Types of foster care

We provide a range of foster care services across emergency, short term, long term and respite needs. 

Caring for children for a few nights or weeks in an emergency or while a long-term placement is being confirmed.

The goal of short-term care is always to resolve any issues so the child or young person can return home. Short-term care can be for up to two years, and foster carers may be part of supporting contact with the child’s birth family.

If a child cannot live with their family they’ll be placed in long-term or permanent care until they can live independently, usually once they are 18.

Respite care for a weekend or once a fortnight gives families or full-time carers a regular break. It helps keep families together and gives children an opportunity to experience a different family environment on a regular basis.

Support for foster carers

We’re always recruiting foster carers from diverse backgrounds. Our foster carers have access to 24/7 support, ongoing training, workshops and meetups.

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