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Becoming a foster carer

Why become a Wesley Mission foster carer?

Why become a Wesley Mission foster carer?

10 good reasons to become a Wesley Mission foster carer

Wesley Mission is dedicated to supporting and advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society. We value our foster carers and offer them the ability to contribute at grass roots level.

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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.

Becoming a foster carer gives you the opportunity to:

  1. give vulnerable children the opportunity to experience stability and care
  2. be part of a remarkable team of foster carers
  3. work for an organisation who has pioneered a rich and diverse range of children’s services
  4. receive financial support, professional training and ongoing support from dedicated Wesley Dalmar staff
  5. use the skills you have in raising and caring for children beyond your own family and social networks
  6. develop your skills and capacity in raising children
  7. extend the boundaries of your care and compassion
  8. offer meaningful support and practical assistance to the birth families of children
  9. nourish and enhance a child’s life on an everyday basis
  10. build robust, healthy communities by raising strong, resilient children and protecting their wellbeing.

What does foster care involve?

Foster care comes with a range of responsibilities and each day can bring new challenges and great rewards. Wesley Mission 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 our 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.

Wesley Dalmar supports foster carers by providing:

  • financial support
  • regular visits from a professional Case Manager
  • 24 hour on call service and assistance with consulting experts in the management of difficult behaviours. 

Types of foster care

Wesley Dalmar offers several kinds of foster care services to cover the varied needs of children and young people. Prospective foster carers can discuss these options with a Wesley Dalmar staff member when going through the application process.

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Temporary or short-term care
Temporary care is care that is provided on a short-term basis, usually from overnight up to twelve months. Temporary care may be needed because of 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
Permanent care is for children who cannot live with their families and need a family who will care for them until their family circumstances change or they turn 18, when most Court Orders expire. The expectation, however, is that the children will remain as a permanent part of their foster family even if they are no longer officially in foster care. In many cases adoption is possible for children in care if this is in the best interests of the child.

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

Respite care
Respite care involves care provided for short stays, sometimes for a few days or a couple of weeks or for one weekend a month on a regular basis. Respite care for families in crisis provides a break for stressed parents or foster carers. 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.