Types of Foster Care

Before you apply to become a foster carer, it’s important to think about what type of care would suit your situation. The care you are able to provide may also change, depending on your circumstances and that of the child or young person in your care.

Respite. A child or young person is placed with a foster carer mainly on weekends or during the school holidays to provide some downtime for the full-time carer.

Crisis. A child or young person is placed with a foster carer immediately. There is no time frame for the length of time a child can remain with the foster carer.

Short-term or restoration.  A child or young person is placed with a foster carer for a short period (several months to two years). The child or young person may then move to a permanent foster care arrangement, be adopted or be restored to their original family.

Guardianship. A child or young person is cared for by a person they already know, such as a family member or significant other. A guardianship court order means the child or young person is no longer considered in foster care.

Fostering to adopt. Individuals, couples or families adopt a child or young person who is in their care. Fostering to adopt provides a child or young person with a stable family while allowing the child or young person to maintain contact with their biological family.

Permanent care. Extended care for a child or young person as part of your family with on-going support from Community Services and Challenge. Permanent care is an option when restoration to family, guardianship or adoptions is not an option for the child or young person.

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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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