How to become an OzChild foster carer
The first step to becoming a foster carer is to make an enquiry.
Following on from your initial enquiry, you will be supported in your journey to become an OzChild Foster Carer with your own dedicated Recruitment Manager.
They will guide you through:
• Telephone interview
• Meeting; at one of our information nights or at your home.
• Information sharing; where we gather all the required documents such as Police Check, References, Medical Check and Working with Children Check (WCCC)
• Training with our experienced team and foster carers
• In Home Assessment undertaken by an accredited assessor
• Panel and Accreditation
Ongoing support every step of the way
OzChild offer a unique support model to every carer household. We support each foster care household with two professionals. One focussed on the child and case management. One focussed on all the carers in the household. Together they support both the placement and carers to achieve a stable and happy home for everyone.
An example of some of the other support you will receive includes:
• 24-hour support service
• Respite Support
• Ongoing training opportunities
• Buddy system
• Community building events
• Gala Dinner
• Online social media community
• Ambassador program
What are the different types of care opportunities?
Is needed when there are concerns for a child’s immediate safety and can be from 1 night up to 3 weeks. Emergency carers need to be able to provide care at short notice, after-hours and on weekends.
Short to medium term care
From 3 weeks up to 3 – 6 months with a focus on reuniting the child with their birth parents or extended family.
Long term care
Is for 6 months or longer when the child is not expected to return to their family based on an outcome from the Children’s Court.
Is for children aged 4 – 18 years and is often for one weekend per month for a 6-month period. When parents and other carers need a break, respite carers can step in to provide relief for short periods of time, such as school holidays or weekends.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)
A 9-12-month placement targeting children who are in, or at risk of entering residential care, having experienced serious emotional and/or behavioral issues. Providing intensive support and coaching to the child and family, preparing them with the attitudes, behaviors and skills they need to return to live stably in a family environment.