Foster Care FAQs

SSI recruits foster carers and provides casework support for children from CALD backgrounds aged 0-18 years.

While SSI has a strong focus on recruiting foster carers from CALD backgrounds, we consider interest from people of any background if they have a genuine desire to provide a safe and caring home for children.

The service is the first of its kind in NSW where a multicultural not-for- profit organisation has been contracted to develop and deliver a culturally appropriate model of foster care for CALD children and young people.

SSI Multicultural Foster Care is staffed by bilingual case workers and managers with cross cultural and out-of-home care casework skills and knowledge.

They work closely with community organisations and community leaders, women’s groups, religious organisations and other relevant services, in the recruitment and support of foster carers.

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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