Foster Care FAQs

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer with SSI please  call (02)  8713 9200, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will arrange a time to come and speak with you and your family about foster care, what it involves, and how to apply.

You will be provided with written information about our service and an application form. Once you have gathered the information you need and you decide you want to proceed, the next step will be to submit the application form to us.

You will then be invited to participate in an assessment process that will help us determine whether you can become a foster carer with our service.

The process includes:

  • a safety inspection of your home
  • a request for medical and personal references
  • checks for Working with Children and criminal records for all adult members of your household
  • participation in 2-3 days’ training which can be spread over several weekends and/or weeknights
  • assessment interviews with you and members of your household to determine your suitability to be authorised by our service as a foster care

 

Success stories

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Vile

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenSue Vile was among the first to be inducted into the SSI’s Armidale volunteer program, bringing with her a wealth of experience and existing training gathered from her time in aid work, in Australia and abroad.

A retired school teacher and nurse, Sue has dedicated an enormous amount of her time in recent years on the front line of humanitarian services, helping refugees at many stages of their journey to safety.

 

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