Different types of foster care
A respite carer is an individual or family who for one weekend per month cares
for a child in our program. Respite care provides a child’s full-time foster family
with a break, and a chance to recharge. It also provides the child with the
opportunity to learn more about living with safe caring adults.
Immediate short term care can be as little as a few weeks or up to 3 months
while it is decided whether or not a child can go back home safely. Carers
will need to be able to support a child to transition either into a longer term
placement or back to their birth family if this plan is decided by court. Short
term carers will also be required to assist with the transport and supervision
during contact visits and support children in their care with managing their
emotional responses to these visits.
Long term carers will care for a child until the young person reaches 18 years
of age or is ready to move into independent living. CatholicCare expects that
long term carers commit to achieving this goal for the child in their care, with
ongoing financial, emotional and practical support from the agency.
For some children and young people who are in long term care guardianship
may be identified as a care plan goal. Guardianship transfers the responsibility
for care to the guardian(s) until the young person turns 18, meaning that the
young person is no longer in foster care. Guardians make decisions about
health and education, and manage contact between a child or young person
and their parents, family and other important people in their lives. There is
ongoing financial support for guardians.
Adoption may be identified as being in the best interest of some children and
young people in long term care who have an established relationship with their
foster carers. After an adoption order, the child will become a legal member
of the adoptive family for life and the same rights and responsibilities as any
other child in the adoptive family. The adoptive parent(s) have full rights and
responsibilities for the child, including supporting the child or young person’s
ongoing connection to their birth family and culture. Ongoing financial
support is also available in some instances.
If you have any further questions about fostering a child or young person, our team is here to help.
CatholicCare Foster Care
P: (02) 4320 7777