Every child has the right to a family and a permanent home. Every single one. Here at CatholicCare Wollongong's Permanency Support Program (PSP) we're passionate about children's wellbeing and their right to have stable, caring families and positive childhoods so they can thrive and reach their full potential.
We're on a mission to find more people who will make great carers and help turn a child's life around.
What's so good about permanent homes?
For starters, this is a basic right for all children and young people. When children and young people have permanent, secure homes with loving stable carers, they can:
Types of care arrangements that may suit your family
Who can become a carer?
This is where people are needed to step up and rise to the challenge.
All kinds of people become carers - singles or couples, those with or without children, empty nesters and retirees.
Every family is unique, just as every child who comes into care is unique. The more carers we have, the better the chance of making a successful match! This means more stability for children and less chance of a placement breakdown.
We're always on the lookout for potential carers who can share their homes and lives and can have a positive impact on a child's future for a short time or a lifetime.
What kind of people can become carers?
We need committed, compassionate people from our local community who:
To help children who've experienced trauma and may not always behave, we need people with a great toolbox of qualities including:
For testimonials from current carers please click here.
We value our carers and understand that it takes a team effort to support children who've experienced trauma and may be developmentally behind their peers. We provide ongoing training both face-to-face and online, case manager support, regular home visits, after hours crisis support, access to a psychologist, connection to other carers and support groups, events and dinners and much more.
Carers receieve a fortnightly tax-free care allowance to pay for the child or young persons day-today needs. The allowance is not a salary but a financial contribution to cover the living costs of the children in your care. Additional costs, such as specialist visits, may be discussed with your case manager and included as part of an approved case plan for each child or young person.