Become a Foster Carer
Fostering is hugely rewarding and life changing for not only the child or young person in care, but the family and extended group of support around them. It also brings with it challenges that may be unfamiliar. Children in need of out-of-home care have often witnessed traumatic events and may not have received the nurturing they need. Whilst at times it can be confronting and have its challenges, the training and assessment that Challenge provide, and the support of dedicated staff will ensure you are well equip to deal with these difficult situations.
Our authorisation process takes between 6-9 months, and is based on a therapeutic care model, so you can provide the best support for a child or young person entering your care. Our priority is always child safety, so this process is critical, quite in-depth and can be challenging at times.
Who can become a foster carer?
We welcome foster carers from a variety of family and cultural backgrounds. This includes single people, de facto and married couples, and same-sex couples. Some of our foster carers have never had children, some already have a family.
You don’t need to have a lot of money to become a foster carer. It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your own home, or whether you live in an apartment or house. But you do need to be able to show us that you can provide a secure, stable and home. It’s also important that you yourselves are well, healthy and able to deal with the challenges of foster caring. Equally important is that everyone in your home is willing to welcome a child into your family and take part in their care.
Are you ready to become a foster carer?
The following questions will help you decide whether you are ready to take on the challenging and rewarding role and become a foster carer.
- Am I willing to continue learning and developing new skills to help me care for a vulnerable child or young person?
- Do I have a reliable source of income to meet my existing family’s needs as well as the needs of another child or young person?
- Am I able to focus on the educational and health needs of all the children in my care?
- Do I have a spare bedroom in my house?
- Am I in a position to encourage other interests such as sport, music or dance?
- Am I willing to help a child or young person develop a sense of identity which includes their culture, family of origin, language and religion?
- Am I able to commit to working with Challenge Community Services and other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for the child or young person?