Respite or Short Break foster care

Respite or short-term care gives children an opportunity to mix in a different social network while their primary carer takes a short break. It's regular or occasional time spent with carers who are not the child's primary carers and is usually planned in advance.

Why do children need this type of care?

Some children will benefit from respite care, also known as short break care. It is designed to strengthen their family and social networks by spending regular time with another carer, a member of the carer's family or someone in their own family.

These short breaks also support the stability of children’s care by giving their primary carers a short break for a night, a weekend or a bit longer over the school holidays. It's important that respite care only occurs when it is in the best interests of the child.

Duration of care

A few nights a month (a night, a weekend or during school holidays).

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.
  • Training
    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 on-call support
    Our 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 support
    Foster carers receive a tax-free allowance to support the needs of children placed in their care.
  • Specialist support
    Our specialist staff work with children and alongside carers where additional support is needed.
  • Carer networking
    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.

Are there any other types of short-term 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.

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