Children and young people in care
There are a range of reasons children and young people come into care, but whatever the reason, what they all need is a stable and nurturing environment in which to live.
We don’t just want our children and young people to survive their childhood, we want them to thrive into their adult lives – and our foster carers play a key role in achieving this.
Take a look at how other young people with a care experience describe the impact their carers have had on their lives (external link).
Foster carers play a vital role in changing the lives of vulnerable children and young people through providing support, nurturing, guidance and love.
Our carers often tell us that making the decision to help vulnerable children and young people, and providing them with a loving home has been one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.
It could be one of the best decisions of your life too.
Take a look at more experiences of WA foster carers (external link).
Could you be a foster carer?
There are a number of foster care options available. Some are long-term, full-time arrangements while other foster carers provide support for short term placements.
Foster carers come from all walks of life. You may be single, partnered or married; with or without your own children. You may even be related to the child who has entered care, and are willing to provide a safe and nurturing environment that is familiar to them.
We are also always looking for Aboriginal people from metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations across Western Australia who may be interested in becoming foster carers.
We will assess your maturity, health and lifestyle, and your ability work as part of a care team to provide a caring environment for a child in your care.
There are several steps undertaken as part of the application and approval process to become a foster carer. Training is also provided for all applicants who are screened and assessed as suitable.
Please view the resources page for more information.