Foster Care FAQs

The main qualities that make an effective foster carer are a genuine interest in children and young people and a focus on the child’s best interests. Other strong attributes include:

  • empathy and good listening skills
  • perseverance when things get tough
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • patience and humour
  • stability and consistency in your personal and family life
  • an ability to guide and discipline children without the use of physical punishment
  • being able to look after yourself emotionally and staying well
  • a willingness to work with other people in the child’s life such as birth parents and caseworkers
  • a willingness to support the child to develop a sense of identity that includes their culture, language and religion, where appropriate.

 

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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