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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