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Foster Care

FOSTER CARE

Foster care provides Young People with a safe, nurturing and stable home to live.

Uniting Country SA believes that all children have the right to flourish and grow in a safe, stable environment. This belief includes children in foster care. We place incredible value in all our foster carers, people who are ready and willing to provide stable, supportive homes for children while they are separated from their birth families.
Uniting Country SA’s foster carers provide safe and stable housing to children in need. Our carers are everyday people who put their hand up to provide a positive impute into a child’s life. These carers come from all walks of life; you don’t have to be a superhero, you just have to care. A foster carer who invites a child or young person into their family, whether it is for a short time as a respite carer or for a long time as a permanent carer, they have a chance to change the direction of a young person’s life, while redefining their own.
Foster caring is both the most challenging experience you could have and the most rewarding. You are given the chance to redirect a person’s life by providing emotional support, care for a child’s day-to-day needs and support them in their education and hobbies.

Support for foster carers
Uniting Country SA recognises that for all the joy offered by being a foster carer, it is still a challenge to those willing to lend a hand. Because of this we offer our carers the support and training that they need to help raise a foster child.
Our foster carers are provided with a dedicated foster care support worker who will help guide our foster carers through the highs and the lows of caring for a child or young person until they reach the age of 18, or they can return to their biological family safely. We also have a 24/7 on call support available to our carers.
We also provide ongoing training for our foster carers. Our qualified trainers guide our carers through workshops from our orientation program, Shared Stories, Shared Lives, through other programs like Child Safe Environments, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and Infant Safety. The training provided will ensure that you have all the skills and knowledge necessary for taking on the challenge of being a foster carer.
We also support our carers through a chance to share experiences with other foster carers at our monthly catch up coffee days. These catch up events allow you to meet other foster carers, share stories and experience and meetup with your support worker in a less formal more social environment.

Who can become a foster carer?
We are always looking for new foster carers, we accept all people regardless of culture, language, ethnicity, sexuality, gender or religion.
Our few requirements for our foster carers are:
• Financially capable of supporting a child
• Physically and emotionally able to care for a child
• A permanent resident of Australia, and
• Over the age of 25
If you meet the four criteria above you can be a foster carer.
If you are interested, please contact us now to begin the process of becoming a foster carer. All enquiries are treated with strict confidentiality.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer please contact us today:

Contact details
Phone: 1300 761 477
Email: fostercare@ucsa.org.au

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Clare SA 5453

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Kadina SA 5554

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Port Augusta SA 5700

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Port Pirie SA 5540