About Foster Care

Foster care provides children and young people from 0 to 18 years an alternative, safe and stable family environment. For some children and young people, this will be short-term; others will stay with their foster family permanently.

If a child or young person has been permanently separated from their birth family by the Children's Court, we will find long-term families who become permanent families. Some of these families go on to adopt.

As a foster carer, you will play a unique role in the child or young person’s life. You will care for and nurture the child or young person as a member of your family. You will be responsible for helping them develop a sense of identity. You will also provide for their safety and stability and be a life-long support for them. 

We carefully match children and and young people with foster carers. Carefully matching placements, along with the training support our foster carers receive from us, ensures the placement has the best chance of success.

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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