About Foster Care

When you become a foster carer, you will care for and nurture the child or young person as a member of your family and be responsible for helping them develop a sense of identity. You will provide safety and stability and be life-long support for them.

Challenge Community Services carefully matches children and young people with foster carers. Carefully matching placements, along with the training and support our foster carers receive from us, ensures the placement has the best chance of stability.

How does the placement process work?

The NSW Family and Community Services of Family and Community Services (Community Services) are responsible for intervening in child protection matters.

When a child or young person is in need of care and protection through foster care, Challenge receives a referral for the placement of a child or young person where there is availability of carers and these carers are suited to the requirements of the child entering care.

Once the referral is received, Challenge will complete a comprehensive placement assessment. You will be provided information in relation to the immediate needs of the child or young person. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any issues that may arise for you and your household before you accept the placement.

In some circumstances, children and young people will require Immediate Placement and little information will be available at time of placement in these instances. Once a child or young person is placed with you, the Challenge Caseworker will provide ongoing support to you and the child or young person in your care.

Government reforms focus on providing permanent homes

Recent government reforms in NSW have changed the landscape of out-of-home care. These reforms mean it’s now more possible for people to provide a stable forever home for children and young people in need through permanent foster care arrangements or adoption.


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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. 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 900 staff, more than 90 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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