Becoming a Carer - Foster Care Process

Becoming a foster carer can be a life-changing experience for both you and the child in your care. All our foster carers must go through a rigorous training and assessment process to ensure safe environments for all our children and young people, which generally takes six to eight months. NBAC does not support guardianship, dual-authorised carers, parental responsibility to family members or non-relatives, nor do we facilitate or support the adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in becoming a carer, contact us at Narang Bir-rong Aboriginal Corporation.

We can answer your questions, talk you through the process and let you know what’s involved in becoming a foster carer.

From enquiry through to placement and beyond, our team will be with you every step of the way.

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Apply

Your foster care application is an in-depth process that involves a number of checks and clearances.

Our team will provide you with an application pack that includes information on each requirement, outlines of documents for submission and links to relevant government information.

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Training

An integral part of the foster care process is a two-day core training program for all new foster carers.

This training we offer gives our carers the necessary tools needed when caring for a child or young person, and it prepares them for their future placement.

Assessment

The assessment stage involves four or five home visits by a member of our team.

During these sessions, we will spend time with you and all the members of your household to find out more about why you want to become a foster carer, your capacity to care for a child or young person and your own life experiences.

Children residing in the home will also take part in interviews as part of this process.

Placement

Once you have been granted approval as a foster carer, we work to ensure that the right child or young person is placed in your care.

Factors that can determine the placement include type of care (emergency or short-term care, long-term care, or respite care), age of the child or young person and any additional needs or requirements.

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Ongoing training and support

Fostering a child or young person can be a long and difficult journey, and preparing for a foster placement can seem daunting, but it’s not something you undertake alone.

All our foster carers are part of a larger team of caseworkers, program managers and other service providers who all work together to achieve the best outcomes for the child. All our foster carers receive 24/7 support and ongoing training opportunities.

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Becoming a foster carer

If you’re interested in becoming a carer, contact us at Narang Bir-rong Aboriginal Corporation.

We can answer your questions, talk you through the process and let you know what’s involved when becoming a carer.

Contact us.

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Our Foster Care Stories

Sharing the stories of our foster carers allows us to tell you about the real impact our community has. The patience, compassion and perseverance of our carers are truly inspiring, and show how we can bring tangible and positive change to the lives of children and young people in our care.

Magic moments:

Bree and Justin

With three adult children of their own, Bree and Justin felt like they had more to give as parents. Raising their own biological children was just the start. By becoming foster carers they committed to helping as many children as they could.

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Julie and Dean

Becoming foster carers had been on Julie and Dean’s mind for some time, but life had always got in the way. When they were in their 50s, they decided that it was the right time to open their home and provide a safe environment to kids who needed it.

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A carer by nature

Dianna

At a crossroads in her life, Dianna was deciding what to do next when her friend suggested she become a foster carer as she had always been such a wonderful mother. This simple conversation gave her the courage to become a foster carer.

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