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Info sessions: foster care & open adoption

There is an overwhelming shortage of foster carers

There is an overwhelming shortage of foster carers to cater to thousands of children across the region in need of a safe place. For some children, this means they spend months or even years living in crisis motel accommodation with little certainty about their future.

Our information sessions are for people who are considering becoming a foster carer, thinking about adopting a child, or curious to learn more about becoming a foster carer.

We are holding information sessions at Cardiff, Maitland, Mayfield, Singleton, and Taree from now through to November 2021. Please fill out the below form to register your attendance for one of the sessions. 

Register your attendance

CatholicCare continues to recruit foster carers during these challenging times.

We offer safe and flexible ways of completing training and assessment through the utilisation of online facilities. It is important that as a community we continue to support children who require a safe and nurturing home during this crisis.

CatholicCare is a relationship-based agency with an emphasis on family. We recruit, train and support foster and relative carers, enabling them to provide short-term and long-term homes for children. The aim is positive lifelong outcomes for the child.

Fostered children benefit from carers who nurture and respond to their individual needs.

What to expect when attending a foster care and open adoption info session

These sessions include presentations from the recruitment team as well as experienced carers who cover topics such as:

  • an overview of CatholicCare’s Permanency Support Program
  • types of care including respite and emergency care, open adoption and guardianship
  • the choice carers have in whom they care for
  • day-to-day responsibilities of carers
  • training and support available to carers
  • selection criteria for carers
  • an overview of the application process.

For more information, fill out the form on this page and a friendly member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.