Becoming a foster carer

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Why become a foster carer?

 

As a Wesley Mission foster carer, you will be providing a safe, secure and loving environment for very vulnerable, at risk children. You’ll become a vital part of a unique mission we have to serve those most in need.

Ten reasons to become a foster carer

  1. give vulnerable children the opportunity to experience stability and care
  2. be part of a remarkable team
  3. work for an organisation committed to helping people most in need
  4. receive financial support, professional training and ongoing support
  5. use your skills and passion to raising children beyond your own family
  6. develop your skills and capacity in raising children
  7. extend the boundaries of your care and compassion
  8. offer meaningful support to the birth families of children
  9. nourish and enhance a child’s day to day life
  10. build stronger, healthier communities by raising strong, resilient children.

How to become a foster carer

 

Becoming a foster carer can be a life changing process of carer and child alike. See below and begin your journey with Wesley Mission.

The first step in becoming a foster carer is to register to attend an online information session. These sessions are for people thinking about becoming a foster carer, or curious about what’s involved in being a carer. You’ll be provided with information on the benefits and challenges of foster care and receive a comprehensive information pack.

As you would expect, foster carers are thoroughly assessed before they are authorised to care for children in their own homes. This process includes visits to the home, interviews with a Wesley Mission Caseworker and personal character references, including from a family doctor. A Working with Children Check and Police Checks are also obtained.

The process is comprehensive and usually takes between three and 12 months, followed by a careful matching process.

Ongoing training and support is provided to give foster carers the opportunity to meet other carers and get to know the Wesley Mission team that will be supporting them.

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