Digital Technology Embraced for Foster Carer Recruitment

5 May 2020

Could you be a foster carer? Join us for a free live webinar to find out more!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there continues to be a need for more foster carers across Australia to provide safe and supportive homes for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents.

Usually, as part of Life Without Barriers’ work to recruit foster carers, we hold face-to-face information sessions across numerous communities in each state and territory. In these sessions, we to talk to people who are interested in becoming foster carers about; what foster care is, why children come into care, and how they can become a foster carer.

These introduction sessions are done before progressing to the training, assessment and safety processes. However, for the health of both Life Without Barriers’ staff members and potential foster carers, we have temporarily postponed holding face-to-face information sessions.

Given the continuing need for foster carers during coronavirus, we have recently adapted live online webinars for our information sessions. This means that anyone interested in foster care can safely attend the sessions from the comfort of their own home, without having to travel or work around existing commitments. This also enables us to run state-based, rather than region-based, webinars making it possible for more people to tune in and attend.

In the online webinars, we cover the different types of care that are available, the application and assessment process, the roles and responsibilities of being a foster carer, and the support you will receive as a foster carer from Life Without Barriers. You will also have the opportunity to post questions that our Foster Care team will answer live during the webinar.

We have held several online sessions so far in various states and are really pleased with the results. Life Without Barriers’ South Australia Regional Director, Child Youth and Families, Simone Mather, says, “People have been really engaged with the presenters and the information, they have asked lots of great questions and have been able to download material on the spot."

"We have had numerous people sign-up to progress to the in-depth interview stage from each webinar held to-date. We hope that we can continue to recruit supportive and nurturing carers through this process.”

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer with Life Without Barriers, now is the time to take the next step. You can be single, married, a same-sex couple, working or retired, and with or without children of your own.

To find a free Foster Care Live Webinar Information Session in your state, click through.

Become a foster carer

If you’d like to open your heart and home to a child in need, learn more about becoming a foster carer