When you decide to become a carer, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources and the support of the Marist community every step of the way.
A foster carer helps a young person feel cared for and encourages them to achieve their goals. This experience can be challenging, but also rewarding. With the right skills, knowledge and support, foster carers can take on this new responsibility with confidence.
Whether you’re considering becoming a carer, or are already one, the below websites and contacts can help you access support and training, learn how to overcome challenges and connect with other carers.
- Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (NSW)
- Connecting Carers NSW
- Fostering NSW
- Foster Parents Support Network
- The Australian Childhood Foundation
- The NSW Government’s Family and Community Services Department
- The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
- The Raising Children Network
How to become a carer
Step 1If you’ve decided to become a carer, complete our Registration of Interest form below and we will meet with you for an interview. After this, you can decide if you’d like to proceed.
Step 2Provide a 100-point identification check.
Step 3Make a Prohibited Employment Declaration, stating you have not been convicted of a serious sex offence that prohibits you from being a foster carer. You will also be asked to consent to a Working With Children Check. Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you; however, we will need to confirm you can care safely for a child or young person.
Step 4Complete a health checklist and ask your doctor to answer a questionnaire. The questions relate to physical and mental health, current and past illnesses and medical problems, smoking and drug use.
Step 5A Foster Care worker will visit your home to ensure your accommodation is safe and suitable for foster care.
Step 6Provide two referees who have known you and your family for at least two years. Each referee will be asked about your character and ability to care for children and young people. We may also speak to other individuals who have contact with you.
Step 7If your application is approved at this stage, you will be invited to undertake a series of assessment interviews and training sessions, where we will get to know you and you can learn more about being a carer. We will discuss our final report on your application with you before presenting it to the approvals manager.
Step 8You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing. If you are unsuccessful, we will inform you of your rights of appeal.
Step 9We will match a child or young person to you and you will be given the opportunity to accept the placement.
Step 10Carers are required to participate in training opportunities organised by Marist180. You will also receive other forms of support regularly.
Contact these organisations for further guidance and support. If you’re in an emergency situation, call 000.
Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (NSW) 1800 888 698
Connecting Carers NSW 1300 794 653
Foster Parents Support Network NSW (02) 9608 8494
Marist180 Call (02) 9672 9227 or visit us at 36 First Avenue, Blacktown, NSW 2148
The Office of the Children’s Guardian (02) 8219 3600
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