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Becoming a foster carer

Become a foster carer

Become a foster carer

Who can become a foster carer?

Many different people become foster carers. Foster carers may be single or a couple. The main qualities Wesley Dalmar seeks in carers are genuine interests in children and a willingness to have the child’s best interests at heart.

How do I apply?

The first step in becoming a foster carer is to contact Wesley Dalmar’s carer recruitment team. The team provides potential carers with detailed information on the challenges and benefits of foster care and a comprehensive information pack.

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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 Dalmar Case Manager and personal character references, including from a family doctor.  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.

Once accepted, a foster carer is given a letter of authorisation outlining which type of foster care program they will work with. Foster carers receive initial training in the responsibilities of foster care and are expected to attend at least two ongoing training sessions per year.

Training gives foster carers the opportunity to meet other carers and get to know the Wesley Dalmar team of Case Managers who will be supporting them.

Apply to become a Wesley Mission foster carer

We look for compassionate people who have a genuine interest in children and a willingness to put the child’s best interests first.

Become a foster carer