Other ways you can provide support.

Not all foster carers can commit to long-term care, and that’s okay! We’re committed to finding a type of care that suits you, your working status, your lifestyle and your preferences. Here are other ways you can support:

Short-term care

You'll be caring for a foster child temporarily, from as little as a few weeks to two years, as we and Child Safety work on reuniting them with their family.

Long-term care

You'll be there for your foster child for over six months, supporting their growth and providing stability. These children may not have the opportunity to reunite with their family, so your support and care will make a lasting impact on their lives.

Emergency care

You'll step in when a child urgently needs a home, sometimes with only a few hours' notice. Your compassion and dedication will provide them with a safe haven, even if it's just for a few days or weeks, until a suitable long-term foster home is found for them, giving them the stability, they deserve.

Respite care (short breaks)

As a respite carer, you have the power to make a difference in a foster child's life. By stepping in for a day, a night, or more during weekends or holidays, you provide full-time foster carers with a much-needed break. Your support is invaluable and greatly appreciated in helping children in need within our community.

I am very busy, I work full time, I travel for work, which can make things challenging to juggle, however we‘ve chosen to do emergency and respite care mainly, as that fits in with the flexibility and give us a lifestyle balance as well.
Janna, respite carer.

Specialist foster care

Specialist foster care is a rich and rewarding experience. It requires significant commitment and more complex care; however, our team of highly trained professionals are there to provide you with exceptional support throughout the entire process.

Children with disabilities

Taking care of a foster child with a disability is a big responsibility, needing extra care and commitment. It's crucial that you and your household are fully dedicated to this journey. We understand the challenges, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Caring for a foster child with disability

Children with challenging behaviours

If you're considering opening your home and heart to a foster child with particularly challenging behaviours, there are some important things to know. It's a courageous and compassionate decision, and we are here to provide you with support every step of the way.

Learn more about intensive foster care



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