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Foster Care, Open Adoption and Guardianship

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Foster care, open adoption and guardianship

An unmet need in our local community

There are 10,000 children and young people across the Hunter New England Area who the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) have deemed as unable to live with their parents due to safety and wellbeing concerns.

There is a real shortage of suitable foster carers in our local community. Children and young people need carers committed to staying the distance.

Are you interested in supporting local families and community? Are you willing to provide a safe, secure and predictable home environment to care for these children and young people?

CatholicCare, other funded service providers and DCJ are focused on ensuring that children and young people are matched with appropriate lifelong carers.  We are also aware that due to a shortage of quality carers there are currently several

children and young people across our community living in motels and crisis accommodation.

Could you put up your hand to prevent a child or young person from moving into motels or crisis accommodation?

Kayden* and Mark* are just two of the local children living in crisis accommodation.

Kayden’s story

Kayden is a charming 12-year-old boy with a vivid imagination. He loves being active and shows interest in all sorts of activities including basketball, soccer, rugby league, skateboarding and bike riding. Spending time with friends is very important to him and he enjoys his downtime using technology such as his iPad and PlayStation.

When Kayden was just 10 years old, the Department of Communities and Justice was unable to find him a carer or family to live with, so he was placed in crisis motel accommodation. Kayden desperately wants to leave and be welcomed by a family who can nurture and guide him.

It is important to understand that Kayden’s time spent in care is not the result of anything he has done, but rather his family’s circumstance.

Kayden, just like the rest of us, responds well to people who show a genuine interest in him, engage and nurture … and enjoy the fun times.

Please consider how YOU can help Kayden or other children in a similar situation.
Please contact us today on 4944 0711.

Mark's story

Mark is a 15-year-old boy who lives in the Lower Hunter. He loves going to school and spending time with his mates, enjoys playing basketball with his local team, drinking coffee and going to the beach. He also enjoys his independence, has a casual job, likes cooking, does his chores and is always clean and tidy.

Mark is also living in crisis motel accommodation, however, the uncertainty about his future is starting to take its toll. Like all of us, he has times when he likes his own space and downtime. We are looking for a carer for Mark who has time, perseverance, compassion and will support him to reach his goals.

Please consider how YOU can help Mark or other children in a similar situation.
Please contact us today on 4944 0711.

You will not be alone, we are here to help

We support our carers so they can provide optimal care for children and young people. We value our carers’ opinions and hold regular “conversations with carers” to hear their views. We encourage their learning via our FCOTA training, ARC model training and support their attendance at other community-run training. We also understand how the provision of respite contributes to the ongoing wellbeing of our carers. CatholicCare’s emphasis on a family-based approach sets us apart. As a carer, you will also receive an allowance, a dedicated care team, access to 24/7 on-call emergency support and social activities.

Why do children come into care?

Foster Care is required when children and young people are unable to safely live with their own families for a variety of reasons and through no fault of their own.

Our Permanency Support Program provides care for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years of age.

Matching children with carers

We welcome input from carers about the children they would provide care for. We have a particular need for families available to care for groups of brothers and sisters and for older children and young people.

CatholicCare’s Recruitment and Placements team is responsible for finding suitable carer households according to the Placement Principles and using the Placement Matching Assessment Tool.

We will only match a child if we believe it is in the best interest of the child and the family/carer they will be joining. We want the care arrangement to succeed and you will be supported by CatholicCare as outlined above.

Do you think you could be a good match?

Please contact us today on 4944 0711.

All types of care matter!

A child can be placed in care for a night, a week, several months or until they are ready to become an independent adult. The length of time a child stays with a carer is determined on an individual basis. 

Carers are encouraged to choose the type of care that fits in with their life; the types of Foster Care include immediate, respite, restoration and guardianship/kinship.

To learn more about becoming a foster carer please contact us now on 4944 0711 or complete the form below.