Can I be a carer?

It's likely that you can, our foster carers come from all parts of our community. To become a foster carer your ability to care for and nurture a child is what really matters.

Collage of Life Without Barriers foster carers

Foster carer criteria guidelines

We welcome carers who are married, single, living together or divorced, from all backgrounds and from all cultures.

About you

Must be over 18, with relevant life experience (In some States and Territories you may need to be over 25 years of age)
Well and healthy
Have a regular source of income
Any cultural background
Single or in a relationship
Willing to undergo background checks

About your home and family

With or without children
Rent or own
Have a spare room
Everyone active and willing
Willing to undergo background checks

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander foster carers

To ensure children maintain connections with their family and community, we need Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Foster Carers for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander kids.

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Foster carer attributes

We're less concerned about your age, income or relationship. We need carers with attributes and beliefs that we know are good for children. Some of these may seem obvious but they are not always easy to find.

Children in care all need someone who can spend time with them, support them to learn and grow and help them reach their developmental and educational milestones. Whether you become a long or short-term, emergency or respite /short break carer, you will need to be willing and able to give your time generously to children in care.
We know that families are the best place for children to be. It's our responsibility to investigate and support all options for children to return safely home or to explore opportunities for them to live with extended family. Carers play an important role in helping children maintain and strengthen their relationships with family and return home safely.
All children will do well with the right help, care and support, and all children deserve the opportunity to do great things. It is important that we not only believe in a child's potential but that we actively support them to reach their goals and aspirations. Children need to know their carers believe in them.
Every child needs to feel like they are part of a family who loves and supports them. This is especially important in foster care and kinship care where there may be other children already in the household. Each child needs to know they are special and that activities and supports are in place to help them to achieve great things.
Every child in care has their own specific needs based on their age, life experiences, trauma, diagnosis or medical needs. Great carers are curious and interested and do all they can to increase their knowledge and skills. This includes learning from children and their families to help children reach their potential.
Most children will be distressed when they are separated from their families and many yearn to return home. They will always have connection to their family so it's essential we assist kids to develop positive, lasting family relationships to ensure they have a chance to go home, and develop a healthy identity if this doesn't happen. Children are more secure when they know that their carers accept, include and support their family.
A child in care will benefit from developing relationships with your whole family. Being included in a secure, caring family that functions well is especially important. If you have children living at home it's important they are settled and happy, enjoy their own company, are comfortable about sharing your time, are willing to share their personal belongings and love being around other children.

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