You’ll never be alone in your foster care journey. Every step of the way, you’ll be part of a professional team working towards nurturing the future of the child or young person in your care.

Training

  • Training will equip you with the skills you’ll need to care for and nurture your foster child
  • There is no cost to you for training and you will be offered ongoing support once you become a foster carer
  • Your training will help you develop your skills and understanding of children who have lived within troubled family relationships and how this affects their behaviour and their capacities

Financial assistance

  • Foster carers receive a tax-free fortnightly allowance to support the needs of any child placed into their care: find out more
  • This will help you feed, clothe, educate and meet other needs of the child in your care
  • There’s also a number of other payments and reimbursements available for certain children and situations
  • There’s a higher rate of payment if the child or young person has special needs that put extra demands and costs on the carer. See the different rates of foster care allowance

Support organisations

  • Your foster care agency will offer you a range of support, including phone support, regular case worker visits and respite
  • Online support and info from the Caring For Kids website which covers key topics for raising kids in care
  • There are also a number of carer support groups that offer support and advocacy on behalf of foster carers. These groups can also provide opportunities for you to meet with other carers
  • Your foster care agency will be able to give you more information on the groups in your area
  • As a carer, you can use the 24-hour carer support line (1300 794 653) run by Connecting Carers NSW or access their free training and support groups
  • You can also use the government-funded Parentline for carers and parents (1300 130 052) that offers free information, counselling and referrals

Are you ready to be the family a young life needs?