As a foster carer with Uniting, you’ll get the practical and financial support you need for you and the child you support to thrive.
“I’ve done a lot of interesting things in my work life but this is more rewarding – every day – than all of those things put together.”
Uniting foster carer, Neil.
Specialised Foster Care Services
Uniting provides a specialised foster care service that connects foster carers with children and young people who aren’t able to live in their family home, and who have high support needs from experiences of trauma and due to abuse and neglect, illness or disability.
Can I become a foster carer?
Uniting foster carers are people from all walks of life. Age, income and relationship status aren’t the most important factors in determining whether you can become a foster carer.
Foster carers are patient, compassionate and empathetic, but they need to be resilient too. They’re the kind of people who don’t sweat the small stuff.
For children who aren’t able to live in their family home, foster care provides a safe, supportive setting where they can develop to their full potential.
Evidence shows that children thrive when they’re in a nurturing home environment where they can form meaningful relationships. This support becomes even more critical when they’ve experienced trauma due to abuse and neglect, illness or disability.
To become a Uniting foster carer, you need to:
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Be able to provide a safe, secure and stable home environment
- Have sufficient income to meet your own basic needs
- Be able to successfully complete background checks including police clearances and Working With Children checks
- Be of sound health.
We’ve got your back.
Being a foster carer can be rewarding and full of love – and like everything that’s worthwhile, it can be challenging too. But as a Uniting foster carer, you’re never alone. We’ll partner with you and provide the support, guidance and training you need to provide care that’s informed by the experiences and needs of the child you’re caring for.
Uniting Foster Care will also support you financially with a monthly reimbursement to cover the costs of caring for a child or young person with complex support needs, so you won’t be left out of pocket. This financial support often allows Uniting foster carers to commit to fostering on a full-time basis.
Become a foster carer
Join our foster care webinar, co-hosted by a real foster carer.
Webinar | Foster Care with Uniting
Wednesday 20 January
10am – 11am WST
7pm – 8pm WST
You’ll learn about specialised foster care and how you’ll be supported through the process of becoming a foster carer with Untiing. You can also chat to webinar co-host and Uniting foster carer, Neil, about what life as a foster carer is like.