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Rewards and challenges of authorised foster carers

Rewards and challenges for foster carers

Caring for vulnerable children and young people can be both rewarding and challenging. It does not require the perfect parent but certainly requires resilience, kindness, compassion and patience.

Some of the many rewards

  • Developing a meaningful and healing relationship with a vulnerable child or young person
  • Making a real difference for a child or young person
  • Helping children and young people stay connected with their family and friends
  • Helping to keep siblings together
  • Providing care and support to a child or young person going through a difficult time
  • Helping children and young people reach their full potential
  • Being a highly valued and contributing member of a caring team
  • Helping children and young people reunite with their family
  • Using your skills and life experiences for the benefit of others
  • Seeing your own children learn to appreciate others’ needs

Some challenges

  • Responding to children’s behaviours that you may not have previously experienced
  • Saying goodbye to children when they return to their families or move to more permanent placement
  • Being able to persevere when a child’s behavioural changes may be small or non-existent
  • Managing your own children’s feelings about sharing you, their home and their lives
  • Sharing the decision-making for children placed with you

If you are interested in learning more about foster care, please contact us on 4944 0711 or fill out the form below.