Foster care

Family playing in the backyardEvery child deserves a safe environment where they can grow and thrive. For some children, that means placement in foster or kinship care. We always need more people to become foster carers, and to help build a bright, healthy future for some of our community’s most vulnerable children.

Foster carers provide temporary homes for children and young people who are subject to Child Protection Orders. The children range from newborns to teenagers, and may stay for a night, a few weeks, or for years.

We’re looking for people who are able to provide a secure, nurturing environment and the willingness to take on a challenging yet immensely rewarding role. Foster carers can be people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, a couple, or a family with children of your own. Our carers reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and we welcome carers from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. You might live in a large regional centre or in a small town. Wherever you live, there’s a place for you in AnglicareCQ’s foster carer community.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, contact your nearest AnglicareCQ office:

Rockhampton: 4837 5300
Gladstone: 4972 8220
Emerald: 4982 4062

Or you can contact us online

What makes a good foster carer?

  • Willing to share your life with children and young people
  • Commitment to providing a stable, nurturing home
  • Understanding and respect for children and young people
  • Willing to take part in training and networking to build on your skills
  • Flexible, tolerant and patient
  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Sensitive to people from different cultures, and the cultural needs of children in your care
  • Commitment to showing children you care

What support is available?

Support is just a phone call away 24 hours a day. Ongoing training is provided to all foster carers, with optional advanced courses for those who’d like to further develop their skills. Foster carers also have ongoing one-on-one guidance from their placement support worker, who provides advice, advocacy and helpful resources.

As part of AnglicareCQ’s foster carer community, support is available through activity days for children and carers, social events, newsletters and forums.

We’ll be with you every step of the way, so you’re never alone in your caring journey.

Where are carers needed?

We need carers right across Central Queensland, from our cities to the smallest outback towns. Having local carers means when a child comes into care they can keep going to their usual school, stay in touch with their friends, community and culture, and remain involved in sports teams and other activities.

A large pool of potential carers right across the region also means we can share the work of caring, so every carer can find a level of involvement that’s suitable for them.

Types of foster carer

Generally approved carers provide a temporary caring home for a child or young person. Where possible, children are returned to their families as quickly as possible. Placements can last a few days, weeks, or years.

Short break foster carers provide support for foster carers who need a break. They provide short periods of care, either through regular planned visits or in emergency situations which affect the regular carer’s ability to provide care, such as illness, family crisis or natural disaster. Short break care can be for a few hours, a weekend, or up to a few weeks.

Intensive foster carers provide care for children and young people with complex or extreme needs, such as disability, trauma or behavioural difficulties. They are often people who have specialist skills in child protection, disability or education. Additional support
is provided to these carers to assist in maintaining safe and lasting placements for our most vulnerable children.

Kinship carers provide care to children in their extended family, community or cultural network. Kinship care maintains the child’s existing connection to their family, community and culture, and kinship carers may be a biological family member, part of a school or sporting community, or a connection to the child’s cultural group.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, contact your nearest AnglicareCQ office:

Rockhampton: 4837 5300
Gladstone: 4972 8220
Emerald: 4982 4062

Or you can contact us online

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