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Providing foster carers with a helping hand

Fostering is hugely rewarding. Helping a child to grow and learn, seeing them smile, and playing a part in the development of their self-confidence are the greatest gifts of foster caring.

In fact, as a foster carer, you will possibly form the closest relationship with the child in your care and become a primary source of support and guidance. However, we know the bond between a child and a foster carer can take time.

Foster caring can occasionally come with challenges you may be unfamiliar with. Children in out-of-home care may experience stress, fear and anxiety. They may withdraw or show challenging behaviours at times.

We want you to know that you are not alone in your foster care journey. Help is at hand should you need it.

Providing a helping hand

To help support you and your family in the important role that you play and to better manage the child’s experience and development, you will have access to a network of support services, including our Challenge Therapeutic Services team.

We have a team of experienced psychologists on hand to listen and help you work through any difficulties you may be experiencing in your daily life. Our psychologists can provide individual, group and family therapy that will support the needs of your family and of the child in your care.

Our therapeutic team can help you: 

  • By offering someone to talk to during a rough patch; sometimes simply sharing your experience with a listening ear can help you to cope better.
  • Gain important skills that will help you to be better able to support the child in your care.
  • Develop confidence as a foster carer.
  • Learn coping and parenting strategies that will allow you to better provide for your family and the child in your care.
  • Manage personal and work-related stress.

Our psychologists will also work with the child to develop the skills they need to learn and thrive and build their resilience and belief in themselves.

How does our Challenge Therapeutic Services team work?

The therapeutic services that our psychologists provide is dependent on your own and the child’s unique circumstances.

If you are struggling and require further support, please discuss this with your case worker and they can make a referral for you. The help we provide is supported through Medicare on what’s called a ‘Mental Health Care Plan’, which gives you up to ten individual counselling sessions per year.

We will work closely with you to identify your own needs and those of the child so that we can deliver a care plan that supports your own and the child’s wellbeing and development.

Our Therapeutic Services team is another service on hand that can support you in your important role of brightening a young child’s future, so you can further enjoy the many rewards of being a caregiver.

Are you ready to give a child a safe and loving home? Find out more about becoming a foster carer by reading our free ebook - Fostering for Permanency.

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Author: Challenge Community Services

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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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