Foster care is temporary or long term care for children who are unable to live with their birth families because of abuse or neglect, parental illness, domestic violence or other reasons that impact on their parenting. A foster carer takes on a parental role to these children and provides love, security and understanding in a safe environment.
Foster carers are married, same sex couples, gay or lesbian, single, separated, divorced or living with a partner. They are working parents and homemakers. If you are 21 or older and have enough room in your heart and home, you can apply to become a foster carer.
Types of foster care
Wanslea Foster Care provides respite, emergency, short and long term foster care for children aged up to 18. In addition, Wanslea provides specialist foster care for children with higher behavioural or physical needs.
Why are children in care?
Children in foster care range in age from infants through to 18 year olds. They come from a variety of different backgrounds and ethnic groups. Children normally come into care due to abuse, neglect or parental illness, often caused by family violence, drug and alcohol use or mental health issues. Children in care have often suffered trauma prior to coming into care and foster carers need to assist them to heal from their difficult start to life.
Some children require special care due to physical or behavioural issues, however they all need love, affection and guidance. Children may need to stay in care for a very short period of time, or for a number of months or years.
Wanslea Foster Care offers volunteer carers the following:
- Excellent supervision and support from Social Workers and Family Support Workers.
- Four different office locations for ease of access.
- Placement support when needed in the home of Foster Carers, delivered by Wanslea’s skilled Family Support Workers.
- Practical assistance in provision of child care equipment.
- Support from community groups and businesses who value the service given to the community by foster carers.
- Clear policies and procedures.
- After hours on call support service by a team of Social Workers seven days a week.
- Regular training in a relaxed environment.
- Peer support from other foster carers.
- Family and children’s social events throughout the year.
- Prompt payment of foster care subsidies and reimbursement of expenses.