Fostering FAQ

Who needs foster care?

Community Service Organisations provide safe & supportive homes for children & teenagers who are temporarily unable to live with their own families, as well as supporting families in crisis and families who have a child with a disability or developmental delay. 

 

What is the aim of foster care?

The aim of foster care is to reunite children with their own family wherever possible.  Where this is not possible, the aim is generally to find a stable, long-term environment in which the child can live (e.g. permanent care, adoption). 

 

How old are foster children?

The age of children & young people in foster care ranges from 0-18 years.  Carers can specify the age of children for which they would be willing to provide care.

 

How long do children require care?

The length of care required varies.  Some children need emergency care overnight or for the weekend, others need regular respite one weekend a month, & many need care for months at a time or even years.  Carers can specify the length of care they are able to provide.  For more information on respite care, please view our post titled ‘What is Respite Care?’.

 

What makes a person eligible to be a carer?

Anyone who can provide safe, appropriate care for children in need is eligible to apply to be a foster carer.  Race, gender, marital status, employment, sexuality and religion do not affect a person’s eligibility to be a carer.   You do not have to have your own children to be a foster carer.  Foster carers are generally aged between 20 and 80 years. 

 

What sort of care is most required?

People are needed to provide all types of care, from respite to long-term.  People are also needed who can look after sibling groups in order to keep children from the same family together.  Boys aged between 6-13 years of age are among the most difficult children to find foster care placements for. 

 

Do carers always have a placement?

Carers may go ‘on hold’ or discontinue volunteering as a carer at any time, although potential applicants are encouraged to take into consideration the importance of stability to children in foster care and carefully consider the commitment they are making prior to accepting a placement. 

 

What financial support is provided to foster carers?

Carers receive a tax-free fortnightly reimbursement from the Department of Human Services.  The amount of this reimbursement is primarily dependent on the age of the child in care and the type of program the child is involved with (e.g. general, intensive, complex). 

 

What other support is provided to carers?

Casework staff are on-call 24/7 & are available to answer any queries that may arise during placement.  They can also refer children or carers to other services or training as required.  Many agencies and foster carers also run carer support groups, and some have a Carer Support Team to support foster carers throughout the time they are involved with the agency.  To read more about the training and assessment of foster carers, please view our post entitled ‘Foster Care Training’.

 

What happens if a foster carer goes on holiday?

Many foster carers take children and young people with them on holiday.  If they have a current placement, foster carers must notify their agency of when they are planning to take a holiday.  Respite arrangements can be made with enough notice if it is not appropriate or practical for the carer to take a child or young person on the holiday.  If the foster carer is travelling interstate or overseas it is necessary to gain permission from the child or young person’s guardian in order for them to go.     

 

How do foster children attend school?

If the child is of school age, they will most likely continue attending the school at which they are already enrolled.  In most cases, the carer will transport the child to & from school.  It is generally preferred that children are placed close to their school.

 

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  1. is one elegible to foster if works full time?

    • Certainly Agnes. Many foster carers, both singles and couples, work full time.

  2. Is the allowance means tested?
    We’d love to foster, but my husband earns above average salary. Due to other financial committments, we couldn’t support foster kids on his salary alone. Would be nice if we could still get assistance for their groceries/clothes.

    • All foster carers receive a tax-free reimbursement regardless of their income.

      This reimbursement starts at $251.06 per fortnight but varies according to the age of the child and also the complexity of the needs of the child. So, for example, foster carers who care for a child who has a disability or who is identified as having extremely challenging behaviours may be reimbursed at a significantly higher rate.

      Carers may also be eligible for family-tax benefits through Centrelink.

      You can also call the foster care hotline on 1800 013 088 for more information.

      • Nevertheless, reimbursals are far less than the real cost of caring for the child. In many places, it costs a minimum of $130 per week extra to rent a property with one more bedroom. So the child’s accommodation alone exhausts the entire allowance. There is nothing left for food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, school uniforms, school levies, school photos, school excursions, school equipment (bag, lunch box, drink bottle), staionery, toys, pocket money, hobbies, music or dance lessons, eductional tutoring, books and dvds, excursions to museums, zoos etc, hair cuts, dental care costs, gifts (your Xmas and birthday gifts to the child and the purchased gifts that the child give to their own family and friends), school holiday program costs etcetc

        You should only become a foster carer if you can find an extra $8000 to $10 000 per calendar year.

      • I just read a nsw foster website they mentioned $400 approx for general care..if any disabilities the gov pays u more…why are the amount different in these states?

      • Nevertheless, reimbursals are far less than the real cost of caring for the child. In many places, it costs a minimum of $130 per week extra to rent a property with one more bedroom. So the child’s accommodation alone exhausts the entire allowance. There is nothing left for food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, school uniforms, school levies, school photos, school excursions, school equipment (bag, lunch box, drink bottle), staionery, toys, pocket money, hobbies, music or dance lessons, eductional tutoring, books and dvds, excursions to museums, zoos etc, hair cuts, dental care costs, gifts (your Xmas and birthday gifts to the child and the purchased gifts that the child give to their own family and friends), school holiday program costs etcetc
        You should only become a foster carer if you can find an extra $8000 to $10 000 per calendar year.
        Comment by Ulysses Elias— August 25, 2011 #

        ^^^was this comment ever responded to?
        It raises Valid points and l think justify’s a response

  3. I have three children of my own, 16,11 & 14 and looking at fostering a child, what age would you recommend to foster ?, my kids are all great children and i know that they would be fine with it, and i have spoken to my eldest about it and she thinks it’s a good idea and said she would be happy to have somebody else come and stay with us. I am going to attend the next meeting about fostering but just wanted to get a rough idea on the age that would be best to foster.
    Thank-you, Cathy

    • Cathy,

      Different people and families find that different ages work for them. Some people prefer to foster only children younger than their youngest, but others find children a similar age work better as they can be more easily integrated into the current family lifestyle.

      Look forward to seeing you at our next information session.

      Josh

  4. I have a 4 month old baby and am looking into fostering children but should i wait until my child is older and can i chose to only do babys and how many i have in my care and any one time. im all so not working so will that stop my chances of been able to have foster children. Thanks

  5. Thanks for your questions Sarah.

    Foster families come in shapes and sizes; families with children or without, people who are working, retired, stay-at-home parents, students- what matters is your ability to provide a safe and caring environment for children.

    In answer to your questions, it’s entirely a personal choice as to whether now is the right time to look into fostering for you. You might feel more comfortable to wait until your baby is a little older or now might feel like the perfect time.

    We encourage you to consider the age and perhaps also gender of children you wish to foster. This can vary according to your experience, time availability/ lifestyle and the age and gender of your own children. Some foster carers do have more than one child placed with them, but this is usually in cases of sibling groups. In some cases, very experienced carers will take on more than one child at a time.

    The fact that you are not working means that you have a lot of time to offer, especially for babies and infants who need a stay-at-home carer. You should not feel that not working is a barrier to getting involved.

    For more information contact the Hotline on 1800 013 088.

  6. Hi I am interested in becoming a foster carer and would like to organise a meeting to discuss further. Regards Maria Washer

    • Hi Maria,
      You can call 1800 013 088 to speak to the Foster Care Hotline in Victoria and they will be able to put you in touch with your local foster care agency. From there you’ll be probably be invited to information sessions or be able to meet with a representative of the organisation to talk over your questions.

  7. l have a nine year old son who is permanent care. He has some behaviour problems. Is he entitled to the same support as a foster care child and if so where do l find out what help we are able to get for him and us.

    • Hi Deborah,
      Permanent care is quite a different process so I’m unable to really answer your questions specifically. The best thing I could suggest would be to get in touch with the agency you applied for permanent care through and see what they offer. Otherwise you might find parenting programs to be useful, Anglicare Victoria runs a great program called “Parentzone”, find out here http://www.anglicarevic.org.au/index.php?sectionID=5995&pageID=6519

  8. Hi,
    I am a full-time student currently studying to be a primary school teacher. I have been interested in becoming a foster carer for some time now, but I am not sure what I need to have to be able to provide care for a child. Some questions I am hoping to have answered are:
    ~I am 22, am I eligible to be a foster carer?
    ~I currently live in a one bedroom flat on my own. Is this sufficient to look after a female child in the age group of new born to about 5?
    ~Do you get to choose the gender of the child you care for?
    ~Do you receive a centrelink payment to care for the child? Or any other financial help?
    ~I am a full-time student, not working, is this a problem?
    ~I am single, not married. Is this a problem?

    Thank you. I greatly appreciate any information you can help me with.

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for your questions. I’ll try to answer as many questions as I can, but the best thing to do is to talk to your local foster care organisation. The easiest way to find them is to call the foster care hotline on 1800 013 088.

      ~I am 22, am I eligible to be a foster carer?
      A. Yes, you need to be over 20 to apply to be a foster carer.

      ~I currently live in a one bedroom flat on my own. Is this sufficient to look after a female child in the age group of new born to about 5?
      A. Usually children in care wouldn’t sleep in the same room as a carer. You would need to talk to a caseworker about how you might solve this issue and what other options might work for you, such as volunteering to support a child in other ways.

      ~Do you get to choose the gender of the child you care for?
      A. Yes, you can specify what age and/or gender would suit your lifestyle, skills and abilities

      ~Do you receive a centrelink payment to care for the child? Or any other financial help?
      A. Carers can apply to Centrelink for family tax benefits in some cases. Foster carers are also entitled to a fortnightly tax-free reimbursement, but it is not a great amount of money and is intended to reimburse the costs of caring for a child rather than being a payment.

      ~I am a full-time student, not working, is this a problem?
      A. As long as you can show that you will have the time and resources needed to care for a child, this is not an issue!

      ~I am single, not married. Is this a problem?
      A. Certainly not! Foster carers can be single or a married or unmarried couple.

      Good Luck!

  9. Hi I live in rural victoria I am 26 years old and I have just compleated cert 4 community services at tafe i am interested in fostering primary aged childeren. I am singlel and living in rental accomadation. is it realistic to want to work part time or casual and foster children. how do employees feel about this?

    • Hi Joanie,
      There’s such a diversity in the lifestyles of foster carers, and many have situations similar to yours. Renting is no barrier at all, as long as you have space in your home. In terms of working casually, it’s certainly achievable but it may take some creativity! And of course school aged children are going to allow you some flexibilty in your working hours.

      I would suggest contacting your local foster care organisation and talking you situation through with them. The best way is to call the foster care hotline on 1800 013 088.

      Good Luck!

  10. Hi,
    I am a 21 year old married female with one son and a child on the way. My husband and I have started discussing fostering children as we both love kids and want to help kids. I know that my husband and I would make every effort to make the life of our foster child more enjoyable and stable, but have a few questions and concerns about whether we would be elegible.
    1. I am a stay at home mum who does the usual house duties and caring for my child. My husband generally works but with work being so hard to find he has been out of work for a little while now….would this be a problem in regards to being elegible as a carer.
    2. I want to stress that my husband and I would not foster for any type of financial benefit, but we do need assurance that if we were able to foster a child that there would be an allowance that would allow us to care for the foster child without the need to stretch our original budget so that our son misses out of his normal lifestyle and that we fall behind on rent or bills.
    We dont live beyond our means but we would like to still be able to treat our son, ourselves and our foster child occasionally. ie.. like a an ice-cream, to the movies or maybe out to lunch.
    3. And last but not least, would we have a choice in being temporary, emergency or permanent foster parents/carers.

    Thank you for your time.

    My regards.

    • Thanks for your great questions Sian, I will do my best to answer them.

      Your employment status doesn’t have any impact on your eligibilty to be a foster care in and of itself. However, as you have alluded to in your second question, our concern would be about how fostering might negatively impact on your lifestyle and your relationships if finances were a concern. Rather than whether or not you are employed, we would be making sure you have the ability and resources to foster another child.

      Which brings me to your second question. Foster carers do recieve a tax-free reimbursement which is intended to cover the costs associated with looking after a child. This is tranfered fortnightly while you have a placement. Some foster carers may also be eligible for the family tax benefit as well. I do know of many foster carers who are able to manage with these two sources of financial support although we make no secret of the fact that the foster care reimbursement is quite low. Often after the necessities are taken care of there is not very much left over.

      And to your third question, yes foster families are able to choose whether they will be emergency carers, respite carers, short term carers or long term carers. You can also choose the age and gender of the children and young people you are able to foster according to your experiences and family circumstances. In Victoria foster care (temporary care of children) and permanent care are different and there is a different process for each.

      I hope this helps!

  11. Hi
    I am wondering if one of the carers has a criminal record from 20 years ago,can they still take in a child.
    Di

    • Criminal records are taken seriously when a person is applying to be a foster carer. It would depend on the severity of the conviction and whether you can show that things have changed in your life since that time. Child or sexual related offeneces would normally make a person automatically ineligible, but there is a process to dertermine the suitablily of people with other minor offences from the past.

      I hope this helps!

  12. Hi I was wondering what the stance is on pets.
    I heard that you are not allowed to have dogs if you want to be a foster parent, is this true?

    Thank-you for your time,

    Bree

    • Hi Bree,
      This is a common question that people have when they are thinking about becomming involved in foster care.

      In Victoria there is no problem with having a pet including a dog as long as it will not be a threat to the safety of children and young people. We might be concerned if you had a dangerous breed and it wasn’t kept locked away from young children, but a family friendly pet is fine and could even add to a child’s experience of living in your home.

      The other thing to remember is that we take into consideration these types issues when making matches between children and families. So for example if we knew that a child had a fear of dogs, or there was some other reason why it wouldn’t be a good idea for a child to live with dogs, we wouldn’t place that child with you.

      The main thing is that you can show the assessors that your dog is child friendly and that the home environment is hygenic and safe.

      For other related home environment considerations see Anglicare Victoria’s Preparing My Home information sheet although you shouldn’t feel that you need to make any adjustments until after you have completed training.

      • Can you own a Doberman and foster?

  13. Hi,

    Me and my partner have been considering becoming foster carers and in particular long term foster carers. We are in a same sex relationship and have a three year old daughter. We are both professional people and feel we would have a lot to offer a child(ren) and feel strongly about the need to support families in hadship, hence our decision. We are also planning to have more children through a fertility service.

    I wanted to know if this could pose a problem for your agency for us becoming long term foster carers now, or would you suggest we wait to see if we are successful? I understand that this time could be stressful for children, but my partner and I feel we could support a child (as we would our own) through this process to make them feel included. We have also discussed that if we could not fall pregnant that as sad as that may be, we have the resources to minimise the impact on a child in our care.

    Cheers
    Jordan

    • Hi Jordan,
      It sounds like you have seriously thought through your family circumstances and how they may affect a child in your care which is a great step. My advise would be to make contact with your local foster care agency (if you’re in Victoria simply call 1800 013 088) and talk through your circumstances in more detail with them. They may have questions about whether you would be able to care for a child in foster care while also looking after a newborn but there may also be other ways to make it work.
      I’d just like to clarify also that long term foster care is not the same as permanent care which confuses many people. With long term foster care we consider ourselves ‘to be there for the child as long as they need us’.
      Good luck!
      Jess

  14. If you are looking after a child in foster care and its short term and that child then needs to go into long term care can you apply to be a long term care giver?

    • We get this question time and time again and it is not an easy one to answer as it differs from region to region and from case to case.

      Foster carers can be short term carers (usually less than 3 months) or long term carers (usually 3 months to 2 years +). The difference that I think you are wondering about is whether a long term carer can become a permanent carer, which as the name suggests, is generally until the child is 18 unless there is a dramatic change in circumstances.

      Our advice is that prospective carers think about their preference for either foster care or permanent care upfront and follow that path through. Why? Unfortunately conversions from foster care to permanent care can get messy and going about a permanent care placement in this way can often result in a significant reduction in the level of support you will have in your role. For exmaple, the child would not have access to caseworkers or counsellors. Foster carers don’t get the same access to financial reimbursments or ongoing training or casework support.

      Having said that, there are many long term foster care placements which are constantly extended for years and years. The difference is that a foster carer is only there for the child as long as the child needs them.

      I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in choosing which path is right for you.

  15. My partner and I are 20 years of age and we are extremely interested in becoming foster parents. My partner works in a full time capacity and I work part time and also study Certificate 4 in Disability Work. 
    We have no children together but my
    partner works part time as a guitar teacher in addition to his full time job, in which many of his students are under the age of 10. I work on Sundays at a church crèche for children 4 and under and I also have considerably younger siblings. I want to know if our current situation is acceptable enough to become a foster parent?
       
    Also I have read that it is necessary to be over the age of 20 but I was wondering if that meant the minimum age was 21?

    • You are right, you will need to be 21 to become foster carers but don’t despair! Applying to become a foster carer can take some time, often at least 6 months by the time you complete all your background checks, training and go through assessment. By this time you may have alreay had your birthdays!

      If not, most organisation would be very appreciative to have volunteers who are able to support foster carers by taking kids to afterschool activities, babysitting while carers do extra training or have a night off or helping out during busy times like after school and dinner time. Getting involved in supporting foster carers might be a great option to get started while you wait to turn 21!

      And can I just say it is incredibly inspiring to see interest in foster in people so young. Don’t give up and good luck!

  16. Hi can an individual with a history of depression still foster.

    Thank you.

    • This is a common question and a good one to raise. When you being the process of applying to become a foster carer in Victoria one of the things you will need to do is a Medical Check with you doctor. It’s not a full medical but it does ask the doctor in consultation with you to list you past medical history. The doctor will then state whether in their opinion any of these conditions will make foster care an unsuitable option for you. Sometimes it’s as simple as someone having a bad back and therefore could be at risk if they are needing to pick up and carry toddlers. Other times it can be a mental health concern as is the case in your question.

      In most cases we find that if depression and other mental health issues are being well managed either through medication or other treatments then there isn’t a major issue in terms of them applying to be foster carers.

      Someone with depression should probably expect that the assessing worker will spend quite some time during assessment discussing the person’s awareness of their triggers and what they would do if mental health issues arose while they were caring for children and young people.

      The best thing to do is to start the process of applying to be a foster carer, being mindful to be as open, transparent and honest as possible.

      Good Luck!

  17. My partner and I have been together since 1996 we are 57 and 59 respectively, we live on a farmlet in Western Victoria,we have 4 dogs, horse,and 2 pet sheep we have a 4 bedroom home. We are thinking about fostering, my partner is on the Disability Pension and have not worked since I broke my wrist 12 months ago. 1. Is it true that it takes 6 months to be approved to Foster? 2. What are the major requirementments. 3. Are we too old? 4. Does the child have to be driven to school as we have a bus at our gate 15kms

    • Hi Janis & Jeff,
      It’s great that you’re interested in becomming foster carers. I will do my best to answer your questions but for more specific information it would be best to talk to your local agency.

      1. Is it true that it takes 6 months to be approved to Foster?

      A. Yes, unfortunately for most people the average time from enquiry to accreditation is 6 months. The reasons are that you will need to attend training, complete your background checks including referee checks, police checks, Working with Children Checks etc. and then have an assessment done with caseworkers which usually takes place over four sessions. As with most of the sector, resources are tight so while we’re always doing our best to complete assessments, there are unfortunately many competing needs for workers and organisations.

      2. What are the major requirementments.

      A. That you can provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people. This includes having a a police check, Working with Children Check etc., plus a safe physical environment at your home, having insight into the needs of children and young people in care and being able to work in a team of people in order to acheive the best outcomes for kids. You will also need to do a medical check, mainly to make sure that fostering won’t cause injury or ill health to you and that you have the capacity to care for children (this is where some people may choose to foster children of particular ages according to their physical abilities).

      3. Are we too old?

      A NO! Anyone between 20 and 80 is eligble to be a foster carer.

      4. Does the child have to be driven to school as we have a bus at our gate 15kms

      A. This question would need to be answered on a case by case basis. School buses are generally fine but it would depend on the school the child is going to and any other behaviours and needs of the child.

      Be sure to call the Victorian Foster Care Hotline on 1800 013 088 to be put in touch with your local agency.

  18. What if a foster parent has her own personal concerns about the wisdom of returning the child to his/her parents/guardians? Is there any way of addressing this? And does it mean that that person shouldn’t have become a foster parent, because they’ve become too emotionally involved?

    • Unfortunately one of the hardest parts about being a foster carer is saying goodbye, which is made a hundred times harder when we feel that the situation a child is returning to is less than ideal. It is common for foster carers to feel this way and does not necessarily mean that the carer has done anything wrong, but it is important that foster carers seek support and advise from caseworkers, fellow carers, family, friends or even counsellors so that they can manage their responses.

      I hope this helps.

  19. I was wondering if there were other ways (besides fostering) someone might help out this organisation? Do you accept donations of gifts for the children, etc.? If so were would somebody leave such donations? Also does the organisations have any plans for change in the future, ie. some way to better ensure the wellbeing of the children and the suitability or number of carers volunteering?

    • Hi Therese,
      Most foster care organisations will have options for giving donations which may be monetary or in the form of food-aid or presents. For example, if you go to the Anglicare Victoria website, http://www.anglicarevic.org.au, you will find links which allow you to make a donation online. They also run a number of appeals throughout the year to collect donations. As far as I know they have just recently launched the Christmas appeal seeking donations of gifts for children in need.

      All organisations are also always striving to improve the way we care for children and the opportunities we are able to offer. You can look over the research section of the Anglicare Victoria website to find examples of areas they have made reccomendations for change, and there is a long list of other initiatives aimed at improving the experiences and outcomes for children and young people in care.

      • Hi Therese, Check out the organisation “Backpacks for Aussie Kids” They put together care packs for foster children and need donations of nappies, bottles, undies, teddies etc.
        It’s a really great organisation!
        Kind regards, Rebecca.

  20. Hello,

    I am currently working four days per week and I am the only income earner in my family at the moment and I have two children at home ages 2,5 and 8. I would love to be a carer for children in need, but I think to do a good job, I would need to give my job and solely concentrate on the children.
    Would I get enough financial support to support the children as well as my family? I have a mortgage to pay off and lots of other costs.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Leen,
      There certainly are a number of foster carers who don’t work in paid employment who are able to get by with the tax-free reimbursement that foster carers receive while they have a placement and any other family tax benefits they may be eligible for through Centrelink.

      However, the short answer to your question is that the tax-free reimbursement is is not intended to replace an income.

      The reimbursement is a very modest amount intended to cover costs associated with caring for children. The amount a foster carer receives does vary depending on the specific needs of children which takes into account behaviours, disabilities and medical needs, as well as the age of the child you’re caring for.

      For a very complex placement the reimbursement can be comparable to remuneration for a low paid part-time job, but obviously this is in recognition of the high needs of children and young people.

      But don’t despair, there are many ways you can care for children in need that don’t require you to give up your employment. You may be able to offer emergency care or respite care one weekend a month. Remember too that while you would need to be at home to care for babies and infants, you wouldn’t necessarily need to do the same for school aged children and adolescents.

      I hope this answers your question. Please don’t hesitate to make an enquiry to the foster care hotline if you’d like more specific details.

  21. hi im 24 years old im interested in becoming a foster parent i live in a one bed room im interested infants birth to 6 months would i qualify with a one bed room?

    • Hi Cynthia,
      Unfortunately foster care agencies do require that children have their own room- even for babies and infants. In some cases and where appropriate children in foster care are able to share with siblings or other children in the family, however, they are not able to share a room with adults.

      You may still be able to volunteer to support children in care with some agencies as a “Friend”. Friends help out in a variety of ways, from babysitting, mentoring, transport assistance and helping with children’s events. If you live in the Eastern or North-Western regions of Melbourne you can call Anglicare Victoria (1800 809 722) for more information, otherwise try your local foster care organiation.

  22. I am a foster carer for uniting care, i have had a boy in my care for 4 years who recently turned 18. He has aspergers and very challenging behaviours, I am unable to maintain employment due to his behaviours. I have at every care meeting stated that i will be unable to continue when the payments stop. The payment re-imbursments have stopped and i am placed in a difficult financial position and unable to pay my home loan or bills as he is expensive to support. He has not been offered the leaving care program and i have been told that i must call the police to have him removed. The Dohs are prepared to spend thousands of dollars on supported accomodation but refuse to assist me or thier client as he does not want to leave yet. they tried to take him but he runs away when they come. apart from the trauma they are inflicting i dont know what to do. I think carers should be warned this can happen.

    • Hi Vince,
      The situation you have outlined does indeed sound very distressing for you and for the young man in your care.

      Without a lot of detail about the program and packages you are supported by it is difficult to give specific advice, other than to say that you should be in contact with Intake at Disability Services, Department of Human Services (1300 650 172) if you are not already.

      There are Individual Support Packages available for people after they are 18 years old within Disability Services. These packages are usually applied for by case managers.

      Even though it is a reality that we work within a system which at times can be frustrating and difficult to navigate, I know of many cases where carers are able to continue to care for young people with disabilities after they turn 18 with the finacial support of Individual Support Packages. I wish you all the best and hope for a positive outcome for everyone involved.

      • Hi my own son has the same issues and I am in the same position. Unfortuantley there is nothing you can do except sell your house and claim your super – DHS advised me I could relinquish my child into foster care – which does exactly what you are experiencing right now. I feel for you. x

  23. Hi,

    I am a 23 year old currently working fulltime as a Nanny. My experience is mostly with newborn and young babies and thing at this stage in my life I am most able to foster short term children of this age. However I can’t take a lot of leave at short notice, and need to keep my job for income. To foster such young babies do you have to be able to stay at home full time? Or could the child be placed in childcare during the day? Alternatively, depending on the case, do you see it as potentially possible that I could take the baby along with me to work if my employers approved of this?
    I have also think I have heard that some carers can choose to only foster “pre-adoption” babies – for the 30 days or whatever it is after birth that the parent/s have to consider their child’s future. Is this still an option?
    Thanks so much for the effort you take in answering all of our questions on here, reading through the other questions has been a great help.

    • Hi Amy,
      Once again it’s great to see someone so young interested in making a difference through foster care!
      There are certainly many options for people who are working to be involved in foster care such as emergency or short-term placements or planned respite care.
      For the care of babies, though, most agencies will usually prefer that the foster carer is more available. This is because infancy is such an important time for learn how to form relationships with an adults, a process which is often at risk with babies in foster care anyway because of the disruptions they may have already experienced. For this reason most agencies won’t be keen on babies going into childcare, preferring instead that the baby is care for by a consistent adult. For this reason too, we don’t often ask foster carers to provide respite for very young children.
      As babies in foster care often have lots of appointments such as medical appointments and access with their family it may also be difficult for you do enable these appointments while you are working.
      Don’t despair, maybe it’s a matter of thinking about older children for respite or emergency care or looking at volunteering to support foster carers. You should definitely contact your local foster care agency to talk more about your interest in getting involved.

  24. I was wondering how the rate of reimbursment chnages for respite care and if siblings are placed together. Is the rate pro rata or is there some other breakdown made? does the rate double for two siblings or how does this work?

    • Hi Pete,
      The reimbursment rates are per child, per night.

      The only fluctuations in the rates of based on the complexity of the needs of the child. So in this way a carer for a child with a disability or challenging behaviours might be reimbursed at a higher rate.

      The respite carer would get the same per-night reimbursment as the long-term carer.

      I hope this clarifies things for you.

  25. Hi,
    I was considering becoming involved in fostering. I am wondering if you require carers for very short term care such as an afternoon or a morning generally on the weekends?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Pricilla,
      It depends on the foster care organisation and how they organise their volunteer roles. Anglicare Victoria is one organisation that has a Friends program where volunteers might be involved in the care of a child for a few hours at a time either during the week on on weekends. These volunteers don’t care for the children in their own home or overnight. I would definitely encourage you to contact your local organisation to see if they have a program like this for you to volunteer with.
      Good Luck!

  26. Hi, my name is Rebecca, i am currently 17 years old and am looking for a foster home.

    For as long as i can remember my biological parents have treated me poorly. They have done things such as locking me outside in a thunderstorm knowing i was afraid of them, forcing me to eat outside or in my room when they (my parents) would eat at the table. My mother sided with my abusive father so that she could get back into a relationship with him, and when he proposed some ‘rules’ to her concerning me, she agreed. Some of these rules were that i could not be in the same room as my father, i could not look at him, talk to him or otherwise be acknowledged in any way shape or form.

    About half a year ago i was pushed to breaking point and had to move out. It had gotten to the point where my mental and physical health were deteriorating rapidly. I moved into the house of a friends relative.

    Everything was fine, i payed $100 board for staying there for roof and utilities, and purchased my own food and transport. For a while it seemed like a relatively supportive and safe environment. a few months ago things started to get bad. It started when the person who took me in got a new girlfriend and started to smoke pot in the house Things just kept getting worse and i was treated with neglect yet again.

    Last week they informed me that i am to move out as soon as possible. I have nowhere to go and was wondering what my options are. If someone could help me out i would greatly appreciate it.

    I am currently looking for a job and will return to school next year to finish my VCE (I cannot go this year because i am not allowed to sign for myself yet to apply to a school)
    Thank you in advance,
    Rebecca

    • Hi rebecca,

      Are you located in Victoria.I am a single mom ( both my children/boys have of 24 and 16 1/2 have moved out). I have a border you i have cared for for the last 10 years I consider him to be my best friend. I work form home 40 hrs a week. Shoot me an email if I can help out

      Cheers
      osi

      • Yes i live in the frankston area at the moment, but i dont minda traveling if it means a better life. It would be very nice of you to help out. It would only just be until me and my boyfriend get enough money to move out together. But i still want to find a new family at the same time.

    • Get in contact Rebecca and we would be happy to offer you some short term help (6 months) while you find your feet. It’s not a lot right now but we have room. a safe place for you to rest your head at night and a place at our table.

  27. It’s laborious to search out knowledgeable people on this matter, but you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  28. please help me to get a foster parents because of my situation now.thanks

  29. I am a 29 year old female professional. I live in Richmond Victoria with a few very trustworthy friends. I would love to help a child in need but would only find the time on the weekends. I do not have a car either. Will this interfere with my chances of helping someone in need?

    Regards,

    Fabiana

    • Hi Fabiana,
      Great to hear that you want to help out! Your local organisation is Berry St and their office is also in Richmond.

      Not having a car is not a major problem if there are other transport options around to enable the child to access normal services (education, health, case worker support).

      I have heard of foster carers with other organisations doing respite care (foster care weekends, often one weekend a month) in a share house. In these rare cases all the housemates have needed to agree to basic background checks (police checks etc) and participate in some level with the assessment process to show that they are supportive. Keep in mind also that you would need to have a spare room for the child to stay overnight. If this isn’t possible for you right now you can still get in touch with the local organisation and see if there are other ways you can help out.

      Good Luck!

  30. Hi,
    My daughter and her partner are not coping with parenthood.
    My grandson is 8 years old and my grandaughter is 2 and half years old. They are both neglected and are in need of help. My daughter would be willing for me to help, but I would prefer it be through legal channels. Would it be possible for me to take them on as a foster parent, or is there another avenue I can pursue and what financial help would I be entitled to? eg. I work fulltime, and my grandaughter will need day care.
    Thanks, Sue.

  31. Hi. I’m currently forstering two girls (2 years and 10months of age). We are going overseas for a holiday for 6 weeks and unfortunately the girls are not allow to come with us. What will happened with our Departmental forster care payments as well as our Centralink payments regarding our 6 weeks trip? Do we have to pay the respite carer?
    Thanks

  32. hi im interested in becoming a foster parent
    would i be able to get help getting a rental property so that i could foster a child or 2?

  33. I am a foster carer in New South Wales, I am 58 years of age, I have been told I am not eligible for long term care for babies. I am retired, have my own place and are in good health. My main aim in fostering is to give a child a good home and a stable environment. I would prefer the children to return to their natural parents instead of being placed in another foster home because I am only registered for short term due to my age. Can you please assist me.

  34. I am in need of respite I think from my 15yo son. He is on medication to control his behavior but recently I feared my the safety of myself and my 9month old son. We were driving in the car the other day and he was yelling and screaming at me and being unpredictable so I had to pull the car over. When I did this he wouldn’t calm down. He started punching the dash and reached over me to try and start the car. After over 45mins if him carrying on I asked him to hope out of the car. He refused until I had to call a friend. He has always been a handful but I’ve always worried about him lashing out and physically hurting me or his brother. Needless to say, my relationship with my new partner if 6 years has been put on hold. My 15 to us putting a wedge between him and everyone else around him. Pls help

  35. Hi there,

    My daughter is just over 2 years and we would love to Foster a a child younger then her.

    I have to put my daughter into family day care 2 days a week (approx. 12 hours a week) due to me working part time and wondering if we were to become Foster parents if I would be able to do this to a Foster child? I’ve heard if you are caring for a young child you can’t work??

  36. Hi My partner and I are interested in becoming foster parents in the future we are a lesbian couple that have been together for 11 years is this okay still.
    Cheers wondering

  37. I want o know more about Foster caring, I love kids so much and id love to be able to help a child out and give them a stable home.

    Can I stipulate that i only want babies?

  38. Hi, I’m an 18 year old girl and I live in Melbourne, I still live at home and obviously I can’t be a foster carer at this point in my life. But, I have noticed in some of your posts and archives that taking foster kids out even during the day on the weekend is needed in some cases. I guess my question is, if this does/can happen and whether I am able to because of my age? As I know some of these kids need more than just a roof over their head, but a friend maybe closer to their own age, to go and have some care free fun with.

    • Hello Paige, you could always sign up for the big sister/little sister program.. Look into it, this might be ok for you.

  39. Can non permanent residents I.e NZ citizens arriving after 2001 residing in Australia become foster parents in Australia?

  40. I am interested in foster care… I have a 6 month old daughter. I would be interested in a young child and possibly long term if required? I am unbiased on age except for the fact of my little girl. Do you have information sessions/trainging etc? I am 27, married and have a very loving and enriching environment. Thanks for your time, Clare

  41. Hi just a query can people do foster care for disabled people that are over 18 years of age.. I have a severely disabled daughter who is 23 and requires full time care for all her needs. I have to have some serious surgery very soon and want to put some plans in place just in case. I am wondering if I can nominate a friend with her consent to be a foster carer. What sort of financial assistance would the carer get. My daughter receives the DSP. Would my friend have access to regular respite? What would she need to do to become a foster care for my child?

  42. Hi, I’m a 24 year old single mother of 2, my son is 4 in May and my daughter is 2 in May and have been wanting to find out some more information about becoming a foster carer. I live in Albury NSW with wodonga (vic) only a ten minute drive away, would I only be allowed to foster children from Nsw? If someone could please email me through some information, I would be very greatful. Kind Regards Tamika
    tamikamay@ymail.com

  43. Hi there, I am a 33yo single mum with two great kids, My son is 15 yo and my daughter is 7yo. I currently work 2 overnight shifts per week in aged care, but for a long time, have thought of becoming a foster parent for babies 0-2 or 3years,. My kids and I are currently waiting for our new community housing unit to be completed for us to move into. Is there a need for foster parents for babies and does it matter if we live in community housing? I look forward to your reply, Thanks Trace

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  45. Hello,
    I am interested in becomming a foster carer. I am 22 years old living in Geelong. I understand that the ages are 20 – 80, however would being a young age limit any fostering that I am able to do.

    Thanks.

  46. Hi my name is Melissa and i really would like to foster a child but i had dhs involved once in my life a few years ago nothing happened and it was. all dropped with a sorry you are a wounderfull family Will that affect my chances of ever becoming a foster parent

  47. Hi, I am interested in fostering in the future. I have worked with children and adults with severe disabilities a lot, and would be interested in taking in a child with a disability, but how does that work if people have different physical needs (i.e. require a modified home).

  48. I am a mother of 6 (biological children). I have always wanted to foster children but had a few of my own instead lol. The thought of fostering is still in my head and the older my babies get and the more sad stories i hear n the terrible things that i see makes me want to foster even more. so i guess my question would be, do i have to many of my own children to foster?. i do not live in vic i actually live in QLD so im not sure if the laws for fostering change or not?

  49. Seriously, people need to read previous posts before making their own; I would say that 95% of questions (after the first 10) have literally already been answered. Seriously, this poor “Jess” person is constantly entreating people to call 1800 013 088 for some real consultation. They’re not going to be able to assess your ability to be a carer over the internet, people. And how many times to they have to make it clear that you sign up for foster caring out of the kindness of your heart, not because you’re going to be able to quit your job and pay your mortgage without an income now that you’re a foster carer. The money isn’t the reason you do this kind of work, and all these enquiries about making money as foster carers depresses the hell out of me. AND FINALLY…the purpose of this comment board is stated as follows: “If you think another FAQ should be added to this page, please leave a comment below.” So, really, none of these questions should be here. And there’s even links on the right side of this very page that answer all your questions! Take a look around, come on! Gees…

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  51. To “annoyed on behalf” I hope that comment wasn’t aimed at me it and just made for just in general purposes? I believed I had a great question to answer and to add, I eventually rang around and literally no one knew how to answer and for anyone that is wondering, my partner and I are going to our training sessions over the weekend.. I’m not doing this for money, THERE IS NO MONEY IN THIS, I love children and just want to give another child the same opportunities my children have, I have always wanted to foster since I was young just never thought i would b able to, but as there is no rules in place about how many of Ur own u can have the foster department are letting us go thru the regular training and assessments and giving us the same opportunity as anyone else…. No I do not believe that ANYONE should foster if u think u will get a free ride from it. Some of these children have been through things adults don’t see at all in their lives, they need love, affection, understanding, patience, protection, stability, trust and the list goes on….

  52. Hi just a few questions,

    Can people foster if they are unemployed?
    Am I able to foster if I have a house mate? I do have a spare bedroom next to mine.
    Are pets looked down upon? I have two indoor cats and a outdoor dog.
    I have a pain syndrome but I am on pain killers so it dosnt effect me in what I do, as I regularly take care of my older sister babys, but would that effect my approval?
    Are younger foster carers allowed to do long term caring? I’m a few months shy of my 24th birthday.

    Thankyou 🙂

  53. Hi there,
    My parents have always wanted to foster children but have been told that you are required to be present at parental visitations and that the parents of the children are told the address of the foster family and often show up to see their children.
    What safety measures are put in place to protect the foster families?

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  55. I used to be a foster parent in Queensland 15 years ago.I loved it the difference I made with child and parents was very rewarding.looking at fostering again.

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  57. My partner is in the navy and lives away from home, interstate, whilst we have stayed in melbourne because of the children.
    Children (boys aged 6 and 7) spend 3 weekends of 5 at their biological fathers. My mother has a unit in our backyard and assists me with childcare while i work casually.
    My questions are:
    Would my partner need to complete training and how could this be facilitated considering he is living away from home and only here on some weekends?
    Would my mother need to complete training? She was a foster carer with anglicare about 10 yrs ago.
    My youngest son has high functioning autism, would that affect me fostering?
    I do have a spare room, could 2 children share, if say, i put one of my children with the foster child, depending on personalities etc or would fodter child need own room?

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  59. Can foster parents smoke in front of foster children? This is something that really bothers me because I know a foster parent who does this.

  60. why parents can/t have adresses of foster carers when their children are placed in a foster care. It is so stupid for DHS not to do this…Child protection are criminals

  61. I am receiving the disability support pension, my fiancée works, we are thinking of fostering his cousin, I was wondering if my pension would be affected by having a foster child with us?

  62. Hi FCV,
    I’m a 30 year old primary teacher who rents and is thinking about becoming a foster carer. I have three things to ask:
    1) Because I’m at work by 7.45am-8am every morning and work till about 5pm every day…it’d be hard to drop off/pick up at school for normal time. Could I make arrangements for someone to take them to school….or would they have to be put into after/before care?……if so who would pay for the before/aftercare?

    2) As I couldn’t offer all day care…which would make it hard for physical/mental disabilities and challenging behaviors….is it possible to not request either of these types of kids?. I wouldn’t want to commit to something that I couldn’t give 110% to for the child’s sake.

    3) I am a male, would I only look after make kids, or would I be allowed to look after female kids?. What are the rules there??…….I’m not fazed either way.

    Thanks

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  66. I would like my child 2 be fostered im 19 years old and im not working struggling 4 him 2 be happy he is 7 mnthz old

  67. I would like my child 2 be fostered im 19 years old and im not working struggling 4 him 2 be happy he is 7 mnthz old i must say he does not hv a daddy

  68. If eva anyone would like 2 foster my bby until im 19 years nw nd not workin im 4rm kzn my bby is 7 mnthz old boi

    • Where are you Zama?

    • Zama
      We’re a professional couple who’d love to help. We have a beautiful home and great jobs that allow us to support a family. I work full time in a senior business role and my future wife is a chef. I have a daughter (10) who lives with us during the week. We have heaps of room and love and would be happy to be a support until you find your feet and can offer a better life to your child while still being a part of their life.

  69. I would love to be a foster carer again, I was in N.S.W but because of my age they would only give me a short term child where I preferred long term. I did have a newborn baby for 5 months, DOCS said I did a fantastic job but they still took him away from me and gave him to a younger foster carer. This absolutely devastated me and after this incident I resigned. I love foster caring and love caring for young children as I am trained in this area. Therefore I feel in N.S.W that people older are discriminated against where we only want to provide a safe home for children. Older people are not all going to die early every individual should be assessed on their own merits and not look at statistics.

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  70. Hi, I am very interested on becoming a foster parent and have some questions about how to do so and the qualifications that you need.
    I am 18 years old and have a 6 month old son with my fiance,we live in a 2 bedroom house that we rent. He works and makes 10.50 a hour and I am currently unemployed and start attending school in january 2014. I would want children under the age of 5,any gender because I feel more comfortable for the children being closer my sons age. I love children and just want to make a difference in their life. Is any of this a problem? Would love some feedback. Thankyou, Lori

  71. hello l live in dept of housing unit , l am interested in foster care what small amount l earn with foster care would it affect the rent l pay

    • Hi Jenny. Sorry for the delay in the reply as the person that used to manage this website left. No it is a tax free reimbursement and won’t affect the rent you pay. The money you get from foster care is very modest and really only covers the basics like food. Foster care in many ways in like a voluntary role.

  72. Have been considering foster care for some time and am wanting to know what is involved in entering into this very serious but needed decision also what is available for support for the career in this field….I currently work in disability & both my husband & myself are studying aged care if you could please contact me either through email or call 0404 218 246….thanks you Kym

    • Hi Kim. Sorry we never got back to you. I hope you managed to find some info on becoming a carer. Alternatively more in formation on becoming a foster carer can be found on our website at http://www.anglicarevic.org.au/foster-care. What area do you live as the agency you end up training with is dependent on where you live?

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  75. Hi iam interested in becoming a foster carer , i live in melbourne … Just wondering how do i get started ?

    • Hi Natalie. It depends on where you live? Anglicare Victoria covers the Eastern Region of Melbourne as well as parts in the North and West. Please visit us at http://www.anglicarevic.org.au/foster-care to learn more and contact details.

      If you are in the South, South East, North East or Inner Melbourne then the Centre for Excellence can help direct you to your closest agency on 1800 889 335. Good Luck!!

      • Apologies number is 1800 013 088!

  76. I am interested in becoming a short term foster parent. I do work full time but I work in childcare and would be able to have a child attend my centre and be with them everyday. What would my chances of being approved be?

    • Hi Nicole, It is not impossible!! It depends on the area you are from and the policy of the agency you are with and what type of care you are doing. I assume you are interested in long term care? Generally for kids 2 and under we don’t like to place kids in childcare but it could be an option for children aged 3-6, depending on the needs of the child. I encourage you to ring the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare on 1800 013 088 who will put you in touch with your closest foster care agency. Another option for you could be Respite Foster Care where you look after children in your own home once every month on a weekend.Good Luck!

  77. A general question, i looked for an answer but didn’t see such a question posted. If we were to foster babies/young children, are any car seats provided or is this something that is better to have on hand before a baby possibly comes to your care?
    We are hoping to foster 0-8 yrs, short term and are going through lists of what may be needed!
    Any advice on this would be great, thanks

    • Many agencies provide these resources or they can be shared amongst carers. Please give the Centre for Excellence a call to find out your nearest agency and then give then call the agency and they can help you with any questions. Becoming a carer takes normally up to 6 months so there is plenty of time to get everything you need.

  78. Can you Foster between states, for example South Australia and Victoria. Thank you

    • Hi Yvonne. If you have been a carer in South Australia of course you can foster in Victoria and vice versa but all agencies are different so you would need to be accredited again and undergo their checks and balances and possibly training. I would give the FAC a call on 1800 013 088 to find out your closest agency in Victoria. The agency will then be able to tell you exactly what is required from them. Good Luck!

  79. Hi, I am 18 years old and have a 3 month old son. I have been looking into doing foster caring for a few years now. I currently am a stay at home mum and I would really love to do it. I live in the country and I was wondering if people in the country are able to do it? Also does my age effect being able to do it. Will be very disappointed if it does.

    • Hi Samantha.You need to be over 21 to foster unfortunately. But many agencies offer other ways you can support children as a Volunteer Friend, i.e. as a mentor, babysitter to children who reside in foster care etc.. I would call the FCAV on 1800 013 088 to find out your nearest agency. Many agencies do indeed cover country areas. Then give the agency a call and they can go over what opportunities are available. Good Luck!

  80. hi we are currently renovating, so the house isn’t quite up to standard, what would an adequate home look like?

  81. If u are receiving foster care money,get a baby, nd stll schooling what is happening?

  82. Hi

    If friends were to stay for a few weeks whilst having a foster child/children, is that allowed?

    • Hi Nicole. I assume your friends have the foster care children? Your friends would need to check with their foster care agency if they are bringing foster care children into your home for that length of time. The agency may want to do a police check and working with children check on any adults living in your home. Kind Regards Bronwyn

  83. Hi can you ask to only fostor example babies up to 1 years old or do you have to Foster what ever they need you to

    • Hi Keshena. Yes you can specify the ages of the children you want to look after. Please get in touch with your local foster care agency for further info. You can ring the Center for Excellence and they will put your in touch withy your closest agency. Good Luck. Their number is 1800 013 088

  84. Hi, I’m interested to know what the requirements are for bedrooms? Obviously in Melbourne, space is at a premium and most families only have the minimum space they need. From what I’ve read in the FAQ section the payment each child receives would only just cover their minimum expenses (as would be expected) but theres little left to go towards housing the child. So what are the expectations that each child has to have their own room? Surely if you foster siblings or a young child/baby they could share a room with children of a similar age or same gender? I worry that there is such a shortage of carers due to the financial concerns involved, not the desire to help and support. Obviously no one should ever expect to make an income out of foster caring, but when you are giving a child/family an enormous amount of love, energy and support but at a considerable financial loss it is something that many caring and promising families would walk away from.

    • Hi Susan. It varies per agency and also the age of the children and the type of care you do. Generally children under two can stay in the same room as the caregivers. Siblings can share a bedroom if its appropriate to do so. But generally children need their own space where possible so they can feel a sense of belonging and have their own personal space.I encourage you to contact http://www.fosteringconnections.com.au for further information. They can also give you the local agency in your area who will give you further information. Kind regards Bronwyn

  85. Are the states different?
    I know of one family that has 5 foster kids, +2 of their own… All about to build and move into a brand new 3 br house paid from income gained by fostering… Over $90000 a year I’ve been told.

    I don’t know how anyone crams 7 kids and 2 adults into a 3br house… Especially when all 5 fosters are special needs.

  86. I have a current employment working with children’s check but I also have a criminal record.
    Sense the last time I was In trouble things have changed. I volunteer at a homeless shelter as a night supivisor . I’m heavily involved with a horse rescue and I do motivational talks at detoxes and rehabs.
    I feel I have a lot to offer.
    Would these life changes and the fact I have a current working with children’s check allow me to foster or would my criminal record stand in the way .

    • Hi Marcus. It depends on the nature of the offense and how long ago it was. I would encourage you to visit fosteringconnections.com.au and ask for the fostering agency in your local area. The local agency can then discuss this with you your particular situation. Kind regards.Bronwyn

  87. Can I foster if I have dogs

  88. Yes. Obviously most agencies would be careful to match you children over a certain age. Visit fosteringconnections.com.au and give them a call and ask them to put you in touch with your local foster care agency where you can discuss it with them in more detail.

  89. My husband and I are excited to do this. We want to foster 0-2 years old. I am a full time house wife, and I have a 15 years old daughter. We are all looking forward to have one specially my daughter. Im sure she will be the best big sister 😊

  90. Hi Bianca That’s great. I would encourage you to visit fosteringconnections.com.au and ask for the fostering agency in your local area so you can get the ball rolling! Kind regards.Bronwyn

    • Hello, sorry for the late reply. I’d already did. I just finished all the documents, and we’re juat waiting for the visit, to check our house and they will do interviews at home.

      After all the documents and meetings. How long would it take to get the baby? Is it possible to get the baby after 2 months? Or more? We cant wait to hold him/her

      • Hi Bianca. That’s great. You are best to ask your local foster care agency you have been training with but babies aren’t referred anywhere as often as older children that often so it could be a little while. But then again it could happen really quickly. Sorry I can’t be more help.

      • Hi there,

        I truly appreciate your quick response. After 4 visits, and panel interview with my case officer, they will check our house too. They said it is for security purposes. What are the things that I need to know about this? I just want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing, like I just need to secure all the kitchen knives, and bought some child safety locks for my drawers and cabinets. I even removed sharp things. And is there any possibilities that they can reject my application as permanent carer? Thanks for the help😊

      • Hi Bianca. I’m sorry I can’t be more help as we only look after foster care I wouldn’t be able to comment on what they specifically look for in permanent care. I would say the things you mentioned w3ould make sense. Why don’t you check with them directly? I’m sure they would be happy to go over what they typically look for. Good luck with everything.

  91. I think this page is a wonderful resource. I just have a few questions which haven’t been asked or are extensions of other questions.
    – Is the child you are placed with be able to attend your local school? In rural locations it would be rare to be placed with a school aged child unless this is the case…
    – If you are renting, are their any barriers in terms of agents/landlords?
    – If you decide to move (within the same city/town), can you do this with a foster child? What if you move between towns? Is your foster child required to stay in the same place.
    – If you are placed with a foster child for longterm care but discover that it is not a good match and you don’t feel like you are able to see it through, what happens?
    – If you are placed with a child for longterm care and they are eligable for permanent care, can you become their permanent carer?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hello. Sorry for the delay in replying. I would encourage you to visit http://www.fosteringconnections.com.au and speak to your local foster care agency.

      In terms of your questions.
      1. If you are taking a child on a long-term placement and it is in the best interest of the child to change schools yes they can attend your local school.
      2. People who rent should have no barriers to taking on a foster child. We have plenty of people who rent who do fostering. The main thing to consider is having a spare bedroom for the child.
      3. Yes in some circumstances you can move within suburbs with your foster child – especially if it is in the same broad geographic area that your agency looks after. However, moving cities would generally not be an option. It is best to talk with your local foster care agency and ask what their policy is on this.
      4. If you are placed with a child long-term and it is not a good match, you would contact your agency and end the placement. There is no shame in ending a placement. But hopefully before that you have been speaking with your case manager and they would be helping you with some useful strategies to hopefully avoid this happening.
      5. Yes some of our foster carers can become permanent carers with the child they have been looking after however it is not guaranteed. DHHS will look at what is the best possible match long term for the child and will also consider existing people within the Permanent Care Program as well.

  92. Hi

    I have been interested in foster care and/or permanent care for a while. I am 30, single, currently work as an education support staff member at a P-12 college in Victoria and have just under a year to go on a Bachelor of Education (Primary). I am hoping to begin the process next year to be ready for 2020. I am single and work full time, and will soon begin teaching full time, so will that mean I can still provide care? Also since I am not ready to become a carer as yet, is there any way I can help in the mean time? I work in a school with a large proportion of students coming from low socioeconomic backgrounds as well as some in foster care. I feel like there is more I could be doing at least until I am capable to provide foster caring/permanent care.

    Thanks Ben

  93. Who could I contact to become a carer in victoria.

    • Hi Serg. Best to visit http://www.fosteringconnections.com.au and ask to put in touch with your closest foster care agency to start the research process. Good Luck. Thanks Bronwyn

  94. Yes. Obviously, most agencies would be careful to match you children over a certain age. Visit fosteringconnections.com.au and give them a call and ask them to put you in touch with your local foster care agency where you can discuss it with them in more detail.
    https://www.horizonfostering.co.uk/


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