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What is involved?

How do I become a Foster Carer?

There are several steps involved in becoming a foster carer with CatholicCare. Each one is designed to assess your suitability as a carer and increase your knowledge and skills in caring for children who have been affected by trauma. These steps are also designed to ensure that we support you through the process and work out what is best for you and your family.

Ultimately, foster carers role is to support and nurture children and young people, provide them with stability and help them meet their full potential.

We welcome input from carers about the children and young people they would ideally like to provide care for. CatholicCare’s Recruitment and Placements Team is responsible for working with you to find a suitable placement match for both the child and your family.

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 CatholicCare will support you to ensure you have the tools, confidence, and information you need to do so.

As a carer, you will also receive an allowance, a dedicated care team, access to 24/7 on-call emergency support and social activities.

Our process consists of the following steps:

  1. Registering your interest with us
  2. Meeting with the team
  3. Training for potentials carers 
  4. Application assessment 
  5. Matching a child with your family (when approved). 

Following these steps, when the foster care journey commences, ongoing training and regular support will be provided to all carers.

To register your interest in becoming a CatholicCare foster carer, please enquire using the form below or get in touch with our team for more information on 1300 590 898. With the current COVID-19 situation, the below information sessions will now be run online via Zoom.