Foster care opportunities Brisbane
Region: Foster and Kinship Care – North Coast
Become a life-changer
Say yes to foster care and see how you can change the life of a child or young person in need.
Right now, there are children and young people out there who need a place to call home. By opening your home and your heart, and fostering a child or young person, you could make a real, positive and lasting difference in their lives.
You could be the one that guides them to reach their full potential. You could become a life-changer.
Types of foster care
What is foster care?
Foster care is a frequent response to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.
As a foster carer, you provide out-of-home care for children and young people in need, offering a safe and secure environment for as long as the child needs.
Often children can be reunited with their families or parents as circumstances change, so foster carers assist with the care of the child until this can be achieved. In other cases, some children and young people will remain in foster care until they reach the legal, independent age of 18.
Foster care can range from a weekend, months or years depending on the circumstances of the child and your own preference in providing care. However, no matter what the length of time is, the positive impact you can have in a child or young person’s life is immeasurable.
Foster care opportunities in Brisbane
Children and their families have different needs and come from many different situations. UnitingCare works with foster carers to ensure children and carers have a match for the type of care that works best for them.
Short-term care Short-term carers provide ongoing, day-to-day care to children and young people for up to two years while Child Safety works towards reunifying the child with their family. Carers also work closely with Child Safety to help maintain regular contact between the child and their family.
Long-term care Long-term care gives children a safe and stable home until they are 18 when they can’t return to live with their family.
Short breaks Some carers provide short breaks for long-term foster and kinship carers. These carers choose when they provide care, such as on weekends or holidays. Often, new carers start out providing short breaks and become full-time foster carers after gaining some experience. Some short-term or long-term carers may also choose to provide short breaks for other carers and children.
Emergency carers provide short-term care at short notice for children who urgently need a place to stay. This may be needed when a child first comes into care while a suitable longer-term carer is identified, or if they need a home while waiting to move to long-term care. Emergency carers often are skilled in helping children who have experienced abuse and trauma. Some short-term or long-term carers may choose to also provide emergency care placements.
Intensive foster care
Children may be placed with carers who provide intensive foster care if they require support for complex and special needs. Support for these carers includes additional training, financial support and short breaks.
How to become a Brisbane foster carer
Who can apply Foster carers and their families are everyday people who volunteer their time and homes to assist in supporting vulnerable children.
You must be: 18 years and above. An Australian citizen or permanent resident. Eligible to hold a blue card (Working with Children check).
You can be: Single, married, de facto or in a same-sex relationship Renting, buying or own your home From any culture or with a diverse range of life experiences A parent, or someone who has a strong interest in helping children and young people
Don’t be too worried about your age, as long as you have the health, energy, and enthusiasm to foster. UnitingCare are there to help you through every stage.
Why foster a child?
Together, you can make a real difference.
At UnitingCare, they’re committed to supporting all foster carers throughout their journey in changing the life of a child or young person. They understand the issues and challenges that foster families may face. Through open communication and respect for each other, they’ll work closely with you in your critical and selfless role as you help children and young people reach their full potential.
The decision to care for a child in your home is one of the most important and rewarding decisions you can make.
UnitingCare is here to support and guide you through every stage of your life-changing journey as a foster carer. If you have any questions, require further information or would like to discuss how you can become a life-changer, call them on 3385 1300. Or fill out their “Expression of Interest” form on our website https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/services-and-support/foster-and-kinship-care and one of their team members will be in touch with you.
A rewarding experience
Becoming a foster carer can be very rewarding. Here are some of the things you may experience while on your journey to changing the life of a child:
- Developing a new and valued relationship.
- Providing a safe home for a child.
- Using your skills and life experiences for the benefit of others.
- Helping children to reach their full potential.
- Helping parents to develop new ways of relating to their children.
- Enhancing your own skills and knowledge.
- Expanding your social and personal contacts.
Enriching your life
Experienced carers say the rewards far outweigh the challenges and are most often found in the day-to-day moments that they experience through sharing their lives with children.
To find out more about fostering a child go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/services-and-support/foster-and-kinship-care and fill in an expression of interest today.