Child and Family FAQs

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer as long as they meet the conditions set out below.
Applicants must be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • in good physical and emotional health without any medical condition that may affect their ability to care for a child or young person

SSI recognises that foster carers can have different personal and family circumstances.  Foster carers can be:

  • single, married or in a de facto relationship
  • renting, buying or you may own your home
  • working or not working
  • a parent or someone who has a strong interest in helping children

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Karim's small business success while seeking asylum

Ignite Small Business Start-ups Karim* arrived in Australia in 2012 to seek asylum when it became unsafe for him to stay in Iran.

An electrical engineer by trade and with a wealth of experience, he owned and operated his own business in his home town of Shiraz, Iran.

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