Keep our kids connected – be a carer for your mob

 

Help keep children connected in culture and community.

 

UnitingCare recognises the critical role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people play in looking after children within families and communities. We’d like to work with you to keep children connected with the support and strength of their community and culture.

 

We are here to help you through every stage of becoming a carer.

 

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What is foster and kinship care?

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.

 

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How can we help you to become a carer?

As an independent service committed to the wellbeing of children, UnitingCare understands that becoming a recognised carer can be a difficult process.

 

If you want to become a carer and help children, we can guide you through the journey and make sure you are well prepared.

 

We will be part of your care team, working together to understand and meet a child’s needs and develop their strengths.

How to become a carer

We are there to help you through every stage

  1. Contact our team.
  2. Attend an information session  so you can find out more and ask any questions.
  3. You’ll then receive a home visit to ensure your home is safe for a child. We can let you know what to expect.
  4. We’ll give you some training  to prepare you to be a carer.
  5. You’ll fill out your application, with our help if you need it.
  6. You’ll be interviewed at home making sure we match the most suitable child.
  7. 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.