The program offers well supported short-term placements for children aged 0 to 12 years who have a reunification plan with their family.
SFPFC Manager Rachel Kemish is urging South Australians from a mix of family types to consider opening their hearts and homes to vulnerable children at a time when they need it the most.
Foster carers receive an enhanced allowance, therapeutic and Aboriginal cultural competency training, and development opportunities. The assessment process takes up to five months.
A care team supports carers to nurture all areas of a child’s life including family access, education, personal achievement, emotional and physical health, identity, culture and social relationships.
“Every child, regardless of their cultural background, needs a safe and loving home,’’ Rachel says.
“Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes. We would love to hear from Aboriginal families too, because we are committed to connecting children with their communities and nurturing their sense of belonging and cultural identity.
“Together we work as a team to support children to make the transition home.’’
Foster care support workers visit households every week for the first eight weeks of a placement. Support is ongoing, with foster carers encouraged to reflect on their role – and how they are nurturing their child’s development and healing – with their support worker.
“This program isn’t just working with the child, it’s working with the whole family,” says Elly, a specialist foster carer.
“There’s no greater love than a parent’s love for a child, so if we can get that child back home and they are able to give that child that love, there’s no better outcome.”
We are holding Specialist Foster Care information evenings in the coming weeks. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, come along to one of the following sessions:
Thursday, November 2 – Centacare, 413 Grange Rd, Seaton, 6.30pm-8pm
Wednesday, November 15 – The Arts Centre, 22 Gawler St, Port Noarlunga, 6.30pm-8pm
Wednesday, December 13 – Centacare, 413 Grange Rd, Seaton, 6.30pm-8pm
For more information about how we can support you to support a child through specialist foster care, visit fostercare.centacare.org.au, phone 8159 1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org