Children may need somewhere to stay immediately, for a night or even a few weeks. The call for emergency foster care can happen anytime.
Ready to become a foster carer?
Book in for a short conversation with our friendly team about the process of becoming a foster carer.
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about fostering and how it might work for you and your family!
Why do children need this type of care?
Sometimes, children need somewhere safe to stay at very short notice. For some, it will be the first time they come into care. Others may need somewhere to stay while other suitable care is found. Whatever the reason, children in emergency care have usually experienced trauma, abuse or grief and need to feel safe and secure at what is likely to be a stressful and very difficult time. Emergency carers need to be able to provide care at short notice, after hours and on weekends.
Duration of care
1 night to 4 weeks
What support do carers receive?
Our foster carers are never alone in their caring journey. It can be difficult to comprehend the experiences children bring with them, so it is important that carers feel supported and confident in their role.
We provide carers with a range of learning opportunities suited to their level of experience and the needs of children in their care.
24/7 Carer Support
Our carers have access to support at any time of the day or night for advice, support and direction in stressful situations.
Carers receive a tax-free allowance to support the needs of children placed in their care.
Our specialist staff work with children and alongside carers where additional support is needed.
Talking to other carers is sometimes the best form of support. Through regular carer events we create opportunities for carers to share their concerns, celebrate successes and provide feedback to the Life Without Barriers team.
Other types of foster care
With just under 50,000 children unable to live safely at home in Australia we are always looking for foster carers to help these children feel protected, supported and safe.