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BECOME A FOSTER CARER

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Any responsible adult can apply to become a Foster Carer.  Single people, married people, people with or without kids, and older people can become Foster Carers.  You need a commitment to children, and a willingness to give it a go. Foster Care can be provided in many ways.  These include Emergency Care, Respite Care and Long Term Care.

 

Foster Carers are ordinary people who:

• come from a range of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences

• have skills and are willing to develop new skills to look after children

• can communicate with a wide range of people

• are flexible and can work as part of a professional team

• can ask for help from family and support networks

• can provide safe and supportive accommodation

• are willing to develop positive contact with the child’s natural family

 

Foster Carers need to be willing to develop their skills and to learn about children coming into care who may have lived in troubled family relationships and who may have faced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.

 

Glenhaven Family Care delivers nationally recognised foster care training and assessment using the Shared Stories Shared Lives training package, and the Step by Step assessment process.

 

 

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

 

Caring for children and young people in our community who cannot live with their families due to safety and care risks is a significant contribution that you make, and share with Child Protection (CP) services.   The Tasmanian Government has a responsibility on behalf of the community for ensuring that children and young people are looked after in the best possible way. One of the ways it has done this is by introducing a law that requires all people working with ‘unrelated children’ to have a Working with Children Check.

 

All carers will have to register for a Working with Children Check by 1 October 2015.   Any person over the age of 16 who lives with you in your household will also need to be registered for a Working with Children Check.   Whilst formal kinship carers are ‘related’ to the children they care for, the law still requires these carers to be checked because children in their care are especially vulnerable.   For that reason too, any person over the age of 16 who lives with you in your household will also need to be registered for a Working with Children Check.

 

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK

• How will my children feel about sharing their home with another child?

• What will it cost to have another child under my roof?

• Do I have what it takes to care for someone else’s child?

• How will I feel when a child returns to their own family?

 

HOW DO I BECOME A FOSTER CARER?

You will be required to go through a period of training and assessment before you can become an accredited Foster Carer.  This can take several months.

 

CAN I CHOOSE THE TYPE OF FOSTER CARE I PROVIDE?

We are seeking carers to provide:

  • Respite care
  • Emergency care (for children who require an immediate placement)
  • Long - term care
  • Specialist foster care

 

You can nominate the type of care you would like to provide and, as part of the application process; Glenhaven Family Care will work with you to help you make a final decision on the option that best suits you.

 

WHAT TYPES OF FOSTER CARE CAN I PROVIDE?

 

There are several placement types available. We will work with you to identify the placement types that would best suit you. Foster carers can apply to provide one or more of the following types of care:

 

  • Respite - Gives full-time foster carers, parents or guardians a regular break
  • Emergency - For children who require a placement immediately due to concerns for their safety or a crisis in the family. Due to the urgency of these placements there is usually very little notice before a child is placed with the foster carer.
  • Long - term - For children who cannot return to their biological family for an extended period or when it is anticipated that the child will be unable to be reunited.
  • Specialist Foster Care – is a home based foster care program that addresses the therapeutic needs of children and young people and carers receive specialist training to meet the needs of the child/young person

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS THERE FOR FOSTER CARERS?

Support workers visit Foster Carers regularly to provide ongoing support.  Glenhaven Family Care have a staff member on call 24 hours a day to help and support our Foster Carers.

 

FINANCIAL PAYMENTS

Foster Carers receive a reimbursement to help them meet the costs of providing children with care.

 

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS FOR CARING FOR CHILDREN?

• making a real difference for a child or young person

• providing care and support to a child or young person going through a difficult time

• working as part of a caring team

• helping children to be reunited with their family

• helping to plan for the future of children in your care

• access to ongoing training

 

 

 

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    North West Office

    41 Clayton Rd, Ulverstone, Tas 7315

    PO Box 657, Devonport, Tas 7310

    Phone:  6425 1144

    Mobile:  0418 140 209

    Email:  temcarenw@glenhaven.org.au

     

    Northern Office

    50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston, Tas 7250

    PO Box 92 Launceston, Tas 7250

    Phone:  6343 7551

    Mobile:  0418 132 260

    Email:  temcaren@glenhaven.org.au

     

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North West Office

41 Clayton Rd, Ulverstone, Tas 7315

PO Box 657, Devonport, Tas 7310

Phone:  6425 1144

Mobile:  0418 140 209

Email:  temcarenw@glenhaven.org.au

Disability Programs

North West

Phone: 0437 601 721 (MAC program)

Phone: 0499 886 101 (all other disability services)

Email: mac@glenhaven.org.au

 

North

Phone: 0400 755 919

Email: macnorth@glenhaven.org.au

 

CONTACT US

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Northern Office

PO Box 92 Launceston, Tas 7250

Phone:  6343 7551

Mobile:  0418 132 260

Email:  temcaren@glenhaven.org.au

 

Kentish House

5 Austin Place, Sheffield, Tas 7306

Phone:  6491 2322

Mobile: 0447 325 343

Email: kentishhouse@glenhaven.org.au

 

 

 

Supported by the Crown through the Department of Health and Human Services