Types of foster care
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Anglicare provides different kinds of foster care placements.
children need a safe place to stay when they first come into care.
Providing a secure, safe setting for a child or sibling group removed due to care and protection concerns. Referrals are received 24 hours a day and placements may be from a few days up to three months.
children need a short-term family while plans are worked out.
For children who are waiting for a Children’s Court decision on their long-term future, or who are to be restored to the care of their parent/s. Where children are to be restored, the carers may have a role in supporting the child and their birth family towards this goal. Placements may last a year or more.
children may need carers to provide a permanent placement.
Some children are placed in care under a final order until they reach the age of 18, sometimes with a view to adoption or guardianship. Carers commit to providing a long-term, stable, nurturing family where a child can integrate and grow securely.
Weekend and brief-stay respite
kids in care enjoy fun adults and good mentors.
Weekend respite offers regular, ongoing support to a child in a current placement, usually one weekend a month. Brief-stay respite may be required to allow carers to take a short break or holiday, or in a medical emergency.