Foster Care involves providing care to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.
Every day, our foster care service provides support to a minimum of 30 children that are unable to live at home in safe, secure, caring environments.
Can you help make a difference in a child’s life?
It’s extremely rewarding; there’s a lot of pluses. It’s no doubt hard work, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the children. Most Foster Carers will say (that) the positives outweigh the negatives.A Foster Carer’s story
31,050nights in care for children in foster and kinship care arrangements.
162children and young people were care for in Anchor's Foster and Kinship Care programs.
Become a foster carer today and change the lives of children in need by never giving up.
Here at Anchor, we are committed to partnering with our foster carers, providing initial and ongoing training opportunities, and support which includes after hours telephone support if and when needed.
Find out more about foster care and becoming a carer by reading our FAQ.
Foster care involves providing care to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.
Anyone! We are looking for people and families from all walks of life who could care for children and young people in their own homes. There are a few requirements to be a foster carer which are:
- you must be over 21 years old
- you must have a spare room for a child
- you must pass a National Police Check and
- Working with Children Check.
When you foster a child or young person you’ll get regular foster care payments in the form of a nontaxable allowance. How much you receive is dependent on the type of placement you have, your foster child’s age and how much extra care they need.
You can request or choose the age of the child you want to foster and we’ll work with you to determine who will be the best fit for your family.
Yes. Plenty of carers do not own their own home or are renting. As long as you can offer a room and a safe environment you can foster.
Each child has different needs and requirements. Some may only need an overnight stay and some may need longer. We will discuss with you, your lifestyle and family needs to best match a child in your care. The type and length of foster care include:
- Respite care (one or two weekends a month)
- Emergency care (for children who require an immediate placement)
- Short-term care (a few weeks to six months)
- Long-term care (more than six months)