Become a Foster Carer

​​​Right now thousands of Australian children and young people who have been separated from their families are in desperate need of respite, short-term and long-term care. They're searching for a safe, nurturing environment, and you could be the answer.

Becoming a Foster Carer with Lifestyle Solutions will give you the chance to make a real and meaningful difference in a child's life. Regardless of the reason behind the separation, the experience is usually traumatic and likely to have left them feeling confused and vulnerable. Your patience, care and perseverance will provide the comfort and security a child yearns for and deserves.

Foster Care

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What is Foster Care?

​Foster Care is provided to children and young people from birth to 17 years of age, who for any number of reasons are unable to live with their own family.

Most enter care because:

  • They are at risk of harm or neglect at home;
  • They have significant medical needs or disabilities that their family is unable to manage;
  • Someone in their family has suffered a serious illness or accident; or
  • Their parent or carer needs periodic relief.​

Are there different types of Foster Care?

Yes, there are three main types of care that our Foster Carers provide.

Respite Care – Designed to give families a break and create a positive experience for the child, Respite Care is provided for regular short stays such as school holidays, weekends or for short periods during the week.

Short-term Care – Provided for up to 12 months, Short-term Care aims to ultimately reunite the child with their parents or extended family.

Long-term Care – When a child is not expected to return to their family, and the Children's Court has made an order placing them in the care of the Minister for Community Services, Long-term Care is necessary.

Am I eligible to become a Foster Carer?

Foster Carers are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. If you are over the age of 18, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and in good health, you can apply to become a Foster Carer.

You can be:

  • Single, married or in a de facto or same-sex relationship
  • Renting, buying or owning your home
  • Working (full or part-time) or not working
  • From any ethnic or cultural background and with a diverse range of life experience
  • A parent or have a strong interest in helping children and young people

Do I need to have a spare room?

Yes, a spare room is essential. It is necessary for the child to have a place to call their own, where they have a private space to change, do homework or take some time out.

Do Foster Children have contact with their birth family?

We are committed to encouraging and facilitating family contact with parents and siblings. However, we recognise that for each child the circumstances and expectations will differ, and sometimes this will not be possible.

How will I be supported as a Foster Carer?

We want our carers to feel confident, capable and informed. We provide:

  • Comprehensive post-approval training
  • A dedicated case manager who will provide professional and practical support through regular visits and phone calls
  • Support from our clinical staff to develop behaviour management strategies
  • 24/7 on-call support for emergency situations
  • Membership to state fostering associations and access to fostering forums
  • Peer support and contact with other carers in your area
  • A Foster Care Allowance that varies according to the type of care provided

How long does it take to become a Foster Carer?

The average assessment period takes approximately four months. However, this depends largely on when the assessment process begins, the time taken to process the relevant checks and when training is completed. As the assessment process includes all members of your household, it can sometimes take a little longer for those who have a larger household.

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Let's talk

Call us for a chat:
NSW Support Centre: (02) 8801 3200​

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