Foster Care 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

Success stories

Simon Shahin: The road from Syria to Australia

Former refugee Simon Shahin standing in front of a tree.From the first day I arrived in Australia, it felt like home. Everyone gets homesick sometimes, but if you have goals and dreams, it constantly drives you forward and takes your mind off the past.

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