Our Fostering and Permanency team comprises of individuals who are committed to achieving the best quality of care for children and young people in the program. Permanency is about finding a forever family for children and young people in our care. Sometimes, that family is birth and extended family, but where this is not possible, our team searches for the best possible match with carers who can provide stability, love and care in the long term. This may result in a guardianship order or open adoption, if this is in the best interests of the child.
Allambi’s Fostering and Permanency program has demonstrated a long history of success in identifying suitable, safe and nurturing homes for children and young people in our community.
Who can be a foster carer?
Foster carers come from all walks of life, who can provide a supportive and safe environment for a child who through no fault of their own, cannot live with their own parents or families.
At Allambi Care, we pride ourselves on diversity. It’s this diversity that helps us find successful carers with safe and caring homes for our children and young people. As a foster carer, you need to be dedicated, patient, resilient, open-minded and have a good sense of humour.
By providing a child with a stable home environment and dependable support and guidance you can have an immense impact on their lives. Being a carer can be challenging at times, however, we see first-hand the rewards our carers experience during their fostering journey.
What is involved in being a foster carer?
Our dedicated foster carers provide a range of different care types including immediate, short-term, respite, restorative or long-term care, as well as guardianship or open adoption, depending on what is in the best interests of the child or young person.
We recognise the significance of belonging, identity and connection to the family for each individual we care for. Our team encourages and facilitates carers to enjoy a positive relationship, and family time with a child or young person’s birth family or kin, whenever this is appropriate to do so. Birth families are respectfully encouraged and supported to be actively involved in decision-making for their child.
What support does Allambi Care provide to carers?
24 hours, seven days a week, we will support you every step of the way. Our dedicated foster carers receive quality training throughout their foster care journey. The ongoing learning, development and support from the Allambi team ensure that we continue to improve the outcomes for the children and young people we support.
How to Become a Foster Carer
Registration of Interest
To register your interest in becoming a foster carer and for more information enquire with the form below and get in touch with our team.
Information Sharing Session
We will invite your family to meet with our staff and experienced Foster Carers. Here you can ask any questions you may have and decide whether you’d like to proceed to the next step.
Training is a required step across all agencies. We equip you with skills, knowledge and insights for the Foster Care journey.
Assessment interviews and report
The assessment process involves a range of competency interviews and we work closely with you to discover whether fostering is a suitable option for you at this time. This process consists of two to three visits to your home to collect information from you and your family, to explore the skills, qualities and experience that you will bring to the role of being a Foster Carer.
Once your assessment, references and relevant checks are completed, you will be presented to Allambi Care's Fostering and Permanency Panel for an authorisation decision.
Authorisation and Family Match
If the panel authorises your application, we will arrange a time with you to complete the relevant paperwork. The team will then begin matching a child to your experience and preferences.
Ongoing Support and Annual Review
Once placed in your care, you will receive ongoing support from the Allambi Care Foster Care team through regular contact and training.
Foster Care Enquiry
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