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

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Hitchcock OAM

SSI volunteer Maria Hitchcock is no stranger to a worthy cause, or the challenges of coming to a new country. Having come to Australia at the age of three from post war Europe, she recalls her own family’s journey while she works with the newcomers to the Armidale community.

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