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Foster care

A strong family is the cornerstone to healthy communities. When children are unable to stay with their birth families, our foster carers provide security, stability and a safe place to call home.

The decision for a child to enter into an out-of-home care arrangement is made by the Department of Family and Community Services in New South Wales. Where possible, children are stay with their own families with support, and any interventions are the last option.

Being a foster career is no ordinary role it comes with a range of responsibilities and each day can bring new challenges and great rewards.

Our foster carers:

  • draw on their own experiences of raising children to help with the tasks of fostering
  • provide good quality day-to-day care for children and respect the Code of Conduct for Authorised Carers
  • provide a safe environment that is free from abuse
  • work as part of a team with Case Managers to support the children in their care
  • promote the positive development of children and young people in foster care
  • help children to build positive ongoing relationships with their natural family and a strong sense of identity and culture
  • engage in ongoing training and personal development.

Types of foster careFoster care at Wesley Mission

Every child or young person has different needs, so there are different types of fostering to suit them. These include:

Temporary or short-term care

This can be anything from overnight up to twelve months. It can be prompted by a family crisis or intervention by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, where a child or young person has been removed from their parents while their long-term needs are assessed. At the end of temporary care, the child may return to their family or be placed in long-term care.

Permanent or long-term care and adoption

Typically for children who cannot live with their families and so need a family who will care for them. This care lasts until their family circumstances change, or until they turn 18. We expect children will remain a permanent part of their foster family even if they’re no longer officially in foster care. In many cases, adoption is possible for children in care, if this is in their best interests.

Specialist foster care

This care is for children and young people who are considered difficult to place because of their complex and high needs, such as challenging behaviours, disability, mental health issues, or being a large sibling group. It is designed to provide extra support and intervention to assist them to achieve success in a stable environment.

Respite care

This involves short stays on a regular basis; sometimes for a few days, a couple of weeks or for one weekend a month. For families in crisis, respite care provides stressed parents or foster carers with a much needed break. It can relieve a sense of isolation for families, and provide a different, positive experience for a child. Regular respite foster carers are asked to make a commitment for 12 months.

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