Foster Care

Permanency Support

Children, young people and sibling groups in Out of Home Care experience many challenges throughout their life. As a foster carer, you have the opportunity to help children and young people grow and mature, achieve great education, feel valued and respected along with many other positive qualities of being a foster carer.

Changes have been made to the way Creating Links and other agencies support children, young people, carers and families in Out of Home Care.

Creating Links recognise the need for safety, nurture and permanency for children and the benefits of growing up in a family rather than in the out of home care system.

Our carers open their homes and their hearts to provide a safe, loving and supportive environment whilst also helping the children grow, mature, feel connected to their culture and achieve great education.

The program will consist of a child or young person having a case plan with a goal for permanency within TWO years.

We focus on working with families to find alternative, stable and secure options through:

  • Restoration
  • Guardianship or,
  • Open Adoption (unless child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
  • Foster Care

 

Types of Foster Care

Restoration

Carers need to be able to work with birth parents and case managers to help smooth the transition of children back home. Carers promote a safe home and then support the process of restoring the child to their family.

Respite Care

Care provided for regular short stays (e.g; one weekend a month.) Respite Care gives families a break and provides a positive experience for the child/young person.

Emergency or Short Term Care

Limited time care, usually overnight to twelve months.

Long Term Care

Care for children / young people who can no longer live with their family and need a family to take care of them until their family circumstances change or they turn 18.

Creating Links recognise the need for safety, nurture and permanency for children and the benefits of growing up in a family rather than in the out of home care system.

What can we provide you as a foster carer?

We believe in our foster carers and provide you with the following guidance and support to ensure your needs and the child’s needs are met.

  • Regular home visiting
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Access to additional support including counsellors, respite care, before & after school care
  • Behaviour Support plans
  • Bi-lingual staff
  • Tax-free carer allowance

Foster Care Information Booklet

The Creating Links Foster Care Information booklet is your guide to everything you need to know about fostering, the types of foster care available, the role of carers as well as all the steps to becoming a foster carer.

Download our Foster Care information Pack

Foster Carer Stories

Read about some of our Foster Carer stories that will inspire your own.

Jada & Ahmed’s Story
Nancy’s Story

Become a Foster Carer

Are you wanting to find out more about becoming a foster carer?

Register your interest in becoming a foster carer and one of our Out of Home Care staff will contact you shortly.