Foster carers come from many different backgrounds and family types.
Many different people can become foster carers.
As a foster care you can:
- be single or have a partner
- have children of their own or not
- own or rent their home
- work, stay at home, study or be retired
- have any sexual orientation
- be from any culture or religion
However, there are some compulsory requirements to be a foster carer. You must:
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
- be at least 21 years old in Victoria and NSW and 25 years old in WA
- have a spare bedroom in your home for a child
- have current police and Working With Children Checks (we will help you obtain these)
- complete a health check, referee checks, and home and environment checks (we will help you with these checks)
- complete training and be accredited or authorised (we provide training and help you with accreditation and authorisation)
Most importantly, our carers all share the desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people in need. They understand that each child or young person has different needs. They are compassionate and resilient. And a good sense of humour helps.