Australia needs more foster carers, from all walks of life, religions and cultures, to ensure every Aussie kid is given their chance in life.
Your decision to foster could be the most rewarding choice of your life, for everyone involved. We know that great foster care is about more than qualifications and job titles, it’s having life experience, strength, empathy and the will to help a child in need.
Think this could be you?
Foster care is about providing a safe, secure and stable environment for a child or young person within your own home, when they are unable to live with their birth family. Children and young people in Australia need foster care for a variety of reasons. Some will have experienced a degree of neglect, or emotional or sexual abuse. All of them will almost certainly be struggling with the separation from their birth family. Even if children present as happy and smiling, their past experiences will have an impact on their behaviour and development.
Find out if you can become a foster carer by filling out the survey on this website. As each state has differing requirements, this survey is customised based on which region you currently live in. Once you have completed the questions, a Key Assets staff member will contact you to begin the application process, which can take several months to complete. If you would like to have a chat with one of our team members to find out more about the process, you can call Key Assets directly on 1800 932 273.
Foster carers with Key Assets receive a fostering payment in line with the needs of the individual child or young person placed. In addition to a dedicated social worker you will have access to; regular support group meetings with other carers; comprehensive training; access to a minimum of 7 nights of supportive respite; financial support; social events for you and your family, as well as 24/7 access to support services. More intensive support is also available for carers with children who have complex needs.
Yes. Key Assets offers a number of flexible types of foster care—from long-term care to short-term care options. Depending on your circumstances and the offerings available in your state, the Key Assets team will ensure to match the children with the carers appropriately in order to achieve a suitable and stable arrangement. Depending on the type of care and the needs of the child, Key Assets carers are provided with extensive training and around-the-clock support. Find out about the different types of care offered in your state by visiting our website.
Our lifestyle was gradually changing, a lot of our friends were having children and we were proud godfathers and uncles to nieces and nephews so it felt like a natural environment. The young people we have fostered, 21 in total, have been amazing.
Anyone considering fostering should take each day as it comes and remember that you are matched carefully with the needs of the child and receive full support from Key Assets.
We were blessed to have a young girl of eight years placed with us and she has now been with us for almost five months.
We had extensive training before the placement with our needs and wellbeing always considered. Also the fact that training is ongoing is important as we can never have enough experience under our belts.
There are so many children in need and so few people willing to take the risk.
I thank Key Assets for making a difference, the financial support means we can go beyond boundaries to give this child every opportunity to grow, develop and reach her potential whatever that may be.
There are challenges that come with being a foster carer, right now though our biggest challenge is saying goodbye and it’s been the toughest challenge yet.
The support we receive from Key Assets though is wonderful. Whatever we need whether it’s a late night phone call, someone to speak to about child safety, support for the children, extra training or holiday activities for kids, they are always there.