Who can decide?

In general you have care responsibility for the child in your care, unless a court order says otherwise. This means you have responsibility for the day to day care of the child and decisions around the provision of that care. This includes things like minor medical or dental treatment, supporting children’s behaviour using the CARE model, giving permission for school excursions, sleepovers, extra-curricular activities, and attending parties.

There are other decisions you will make with the child’s family, and others together with members of the care team. Some decisions can only be made by the department with statutory authority in your state or territory.

Always talk to your care team if you are unsure about who is responsible for making decisions.

You can also read more about these decisions

See the links below to your state or territory based carer resource for more information.

Want to become a carer?
To become a foster carer your ability to care and nurture a child is what really matters.
To learn more, visit the LWB foster care website