Why Family-Based Care?
Children in family-based care have often experienced abuse and/or neglect, and come from families who were struggling with addiction, mental health issues and/or family violence. Family-based care provides the opportunity for them to address and heal from their circumstances in a secure, supportive environment.
If you choose to become a family-based carer, please be assured you will not be doing so alone. Along with a generous care allowance, you’ll receive training and support from our expert team of therapists, social workers, and other professionals.
Who Can be a Carer?
Our carer applications are open to everyone regardless of gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, home ownership or income status. The essential qualities we look for include:
- Being aged 25 or older
- A strong desire to help children and young people
- An understanding of the difference between caring for your own child and a child in family-based care
- An awareness of how taking in an at-risk child will affect your immediate and extended family
- The ability to cope with a young person’s emotional needs and behaviour
- A willingness to help a child bond with and feel affection for other people
- An ability and willingness to help a child in your care deal with their anger
- Access to a strong, solid network of family and friends who can help alleviate the pressures of family-based care
- A willingness to be patient while seeking the child’s trust and acceptance
- A willingness to share your life experiences with the child in your care
- The ability and willingness to have a child in your home for a short or long term basis