Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always played a critical role in looking after children who are unable to live with their own parents.
Often children can be reunited with their families or parents as things change, so foster and kinship carers look after children until this can happen.
Care can range from a weekend to months or years, depending on the child’s needs and your own ability to provide care.
No matter how long you look after a child, UnitingCare will work with you to care for them and keep them safe, while respecting their culture.
How to become a carer
We are there to help you through every stage
- Contact our team.
- Attend an information session so you can find out more and ask any questions.
- You’ll then receive a home visit to ensure your home is safe for a child. We can let you know what to expect.
- We’ll give you some training to prepare you to be a carer.
- You’ll fill out your application, with our help if you need it.
- You’ll be interviewed at home making sure we match the most suitable child.
- You are now a foster or kinship carer!
This whole process can take at least six months.
If you have any questions, or need help to complete some of these steps, please contact us at any time.