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Types of care

Fostering can fit into your stage of life. Whilst we are always on the lookout for those open to long-term foster care, now more than ever, there is a need for emergency, respite and short-term foster carers.

Can you offer support for a child, be it for a day, a weekend, a week, a month, or beyond?

Can I be a foster carer?

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer so long as they are:

  • Over 21 years of age
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
  • In good physical and emotional health

You can be:

  • Single, married or in a de facto relationship (including same-sex couples)
  • In a rental property or in your own home
  • Working or not employed

The process of becoming a foster carer

1. Get in touch

Take our quiz or reach out

2. Chat

Meet with us for a friendly preliminary chat over the phone.

3. Training

Take part in our flexible training.

4. Paperwork

We will help you with paperwork and checks.

5. Interviews

We meet at your home to talk about your journey.

6. Approval and placement

You’re ready to be a foster carer!

Smiling young girl of SSI's Multicultural Child and Family Program for foster care

Interested in becoming a foster carer?

We will support you every step of the way

As an SSI foster carer, you’re never alone on your path to making a difference in a child’s life. Our support is tailored to meet the unique needs of carers and children, empowering you with the resources and support required for a care placement to thrive.

Streamlined onboarding and training

We streamline the paperwork and onboarding process as much as possible and provide comprehensive training with online and flexible training options.

Ongoing support 

Our dedicated case workers keep in touch with regular phone calls and monthly check-ins. And, should unexpected crises arise, our 24-hour on-call phone support is just a call away.

Access to financial support 

Foster carers receive a carer allowance to help meet the cost of caring for a child.

In-language and culturally appropriate support 

We provide support in English and other languages. Our bilingual caseworkers offer personalised care and connect you to cultural support groups for your specific needs.

The carer community 

Joining the SSI foster care community means connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion. Through our carer community events, you’ll be part of a support network that enriches your experience as a foster carer.

Access to respite care 

We’re dedicated to supporting our carers by offering the opportunity to take a well-deserved break through our respite care services.

Get in touch

SSI operates the Multicultural Child and Family Program in NSW and Victoria. In NSW, the program is active in parts of metropolitan Sydney as well as the Hunter region and Central Coast. In Victoria, it is operated in Melbourne’s northern, southern and western suburbs.

NSW

P: 0402 138 826 or 02 8713 9200
E: fostercare@ssi.org.au

Victoria

P: 1800 955 774
E: vicfostercare@ssi.org.au