CatholicCare's Foster Care Program is a service provided for vulnerable children and young people aged from newborns to 18 who are unable to live with their birth parents.
Foster care, also known as Out of Home Care (OOHC), is the provision of day-to-day nurturing care for children and young people who have often experienced significant trauma, neglect or abuse prior to their removal from their birth families. Their families may be struggling with a range of issues including drug and alcohol use, mental health issues, relationship problems and domestic violence which means the home is not safe for children.
Foster carers open their homes to provide a loving, safe, supportive environment where children and young people can thrive and reach their potential.
The role comes with not only great rewards but also great challenges. As such, carers need to have a range of special qualities to cope with the demands of fostering. They need patience, empathy, warmth, kindness, resilience and insight. Importantly, they need to be accepting and non-judgemental.
Carers play a crucial role as mentors and role models by providing:
Sometimes despite the best efforts to restore children and young people to their birth families, they may be placed with foster carers on a long-term basis.
CatholicCare provides a range of caring options depending on the individual needs of the child.
Potential foster carers can be authorised for three types of care:
At CatholicCare we strive to carefully match children to families to increase the success of a placement and ensure maximum stability for foster children.
We work as a team with foster carers to meet the child's physical, social, emotional and development needs so the child can achieve their full potential.
Our Foster Care Program is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) and is fully accredited by the Office of Children's Guardian (OCG).
Foster carers come from many different cultural and religious backgrounds. You don't need to be Catholic to become a carer with our agency.
We welcome singles and couples, those with children of any age and empty nesters. You don't need to be a parent but you need appropriate skills to care for a child.
For more information, download the brochure and booklet and click on the links for testimonials, FAQ and Resources.