Open adoption can offer long-term stability and permanency for children when returning home is not an option. Through open adoption children become a legal member of the adoptive family but this is only considered in some states and territories.
Why do children need this type of care?
Open adoption is considered when it is in the best interest of the child or children. Life Without Barriers offers support to carers applying to adopt a child in their care.
Duration of care
Permanent care (until the child reaches adulthood and beyond).
What support do carers receive?
- TrainingWe provide carers with a range of learning opportunities suited to their level of experience and the needs of children in their care.
- 24/7 on-call supportOur foster carers have access to on-call support at any time of the day or night for advice, support and direction in stressful situations.
- Financial supportFoster carers receive a tax-free allowance to support the needs of children placed in their care.
- Specialist supportOur specialist staff work with children and alongside carers where additional support is needed.
- RespiteFor a night or a weekend, children in care may spend time with a respite carer, an opportunity to strengthen social and family networks while their carer takes a short break. This type of care is only offered when it is in children's interests.
- Carer networkingTalking 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.
Are there any other types of similar care?
Yes. And 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.