Foster & Kinship Care
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Kyabra supports Foster and Kinship care for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents.
This involves the recruitment, training and provision of ongoing support to carer families, to provide care to these children.
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is when a child lives with a different family who is able to provide them with a caring, safe and loving home. There are many different types of care, including long-term, short-term, and short break care. There can also be different goals of the care.
The two main goals are either reunification to the child’s family, or permanent care with another family.
Being a foster carer means opening your home to children and young people who you are not related to biologically; children and young people who can’t live in their own home because they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect, are at risk of experiencing one of these forms of harm, or cannot live at home for other reasons.
Can I apply to be a Foster Carer?
Under the legislation, you must be the following:
- at least 18 years of age;
- willing to undergo a suitability assessment (conducted by the Central Screening Unit) in regard to your child protection and personal history;
- willing and able to complete pre-service training and additional training if required to meet the individual needs of any children placed in your care.
What are some of the necessary qualities of a carer?
Carers can come from diverse cultural backgrounds and can be any gender, single, married or de facto, same sex couples and working full or part time, or casually.
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.
Carers are expected to meet the Standards of Care for the children placed in their care. They are also expected to attend Training to resource them with the information needed to meet the required standards of care.
Other strong attributes include empathy and good listening skills, perseverance when things get tough, flexibility and adaptability, an ability to guide and discipline children without the use of physical punishment, a willingness to work with other people in the child’s life such as birth parents and caseworkers, and a willingness to support the child to develop a sense of identity that includes their culture, language and religion, where appropriate.
It is also important that individuals are willing and able to ask for help when needed, and are committed to assisting children to maintain connections to their families.
The ability to say goodbye is a challenging yet necessary part of the caring journey.
What support will I get as a Foster Carer?
Our foster carers have access to:
• 24 hour phone support;
• Regular contact with Kyabra staff, offering support and information;
• Quality advanced training opportunities;
• Access to Community events, support groups and social activities.
Carers also receive a caring allowance, which is to cover the day to day expenses of caring for a child.
Where can I get more information or register my interest?
If you are in the Brisbane region, please contact our intake team on 3373 9499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live outside of the Brisbane region please call Queensland Foster and Kinship Care on 3256 6166.
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Carer in your community, please contact us on 3373 9499.
Funded by Queensland Government
Department of Communities - Child Safety Services