Caring for a foster child with disability

Life as a specialist foster carer

Caring for a foster child with a disability is a rich and rewarding experience. It requires a significant commitment and more complex care, so it's important that both you and anyone else in your household is committed to this journey. Our foster carers tell us it's a practical way they can use their skills and life experience to help create a better future for a child with a disability. Foster parents tell us life can follow a similar pattern, whenever a child arrives in their home. But there are additional things you'll need to know if you're considering opening your home and heart to a child with a disability.

Health & medical needs

We'll work with you to build a thorough understanding of your foster child's health needs, including medication, GPs, specialists and care plans.

Equipment & accessibility

Your foster child might need specialist equipment to help them get around, or to make their surroundings safer. They may need specialist laptops or other tools. We'll work with you to ensure your child has what they need.

NDIS support

We'll talk with you about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, if your foster child is receiving support and their care plan.

NDIS information for foster carers

Increased financial support

The government provides a High Support Needs Allowance or Complex Support Needs Allowance on top of the base fortnightly foster care fee for eligible foster carers.

Learn more about increased allowances

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