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.
As of 1 October 2017, we are in a transition period. Foster Care is shifting to the Permanency Support Program, as part of the NSW changes to make sure all children and young people have safe, stable homes.
Foster care is the 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.
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:
CatholicCare provides a range of caring options depending on the individual needs of the child.
Carers can be authorised for the below 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 the child or young person.
We work alongside the carers to help meet the child's physical, social, emotional and development needs in order for them to achieve their full potential.
Our work also involves family preservation where we help parents build their skills and strengths to care for their children safely. Where children are removed and placed in short-term care, we work closely with families to restore those children when it is deemed to be safe and appropriate.
Our Permanency Support 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 testimonials from current carers please click here.
We provide training, an allowance, regular home visits, collaborative case planning, after hours crisis support and access to a team Psychologist.