HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER CARER
The entire process can potentially take up to four months as it involves both Accordwest and Department of Communities processes. However, you have our commitment that if we can possibly finalise the process sooner, we will!
Contact us today! Our job is to provide you with as much information as we possibly can to help you and your family to make an informed decision before moving through the foster care process.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 1800 115 799.
MEET SOMEONE FROM OUR TEAM AT YOUR HOME
One of our experienced and knowledgeable Case Managers will visit you within 48 hours at your home to ask and answer the simple and the most complex questions attached to a foster care placement.
START YOUR TRAINING
Preauthorisation training is a compulsory course for potential carers. The course will help you to learn more about children in care, and the responsibilities and commitments of being a foster carer. We want you to have as much information as possible before you commit your family to a foster care placement.
FILL IN YOUR APPLICATION FORM
Congratulations on your choice to move forward with your foster care application! Please make sure you give us consent to complete clearances such as criminal record checks, medical reports and references.
COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
One of our experienced assessors (usually a Case Manager) will visit your home to meet you and your family. Over four to six visits, the Case Manager will move through the detail of the assessment process, including by capturing the valuable skills and experience that you may be able to offer a child in need. A final assessment report will be provided to you before it is submitted to the Foster Panel.
The Foster Panel comprises our Operations Manager, the respective Team Leader, the respective Case Manager and representation from an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (Southwest Aboriginal Medical Service). Other independent professionals are approached to sit on the panel if particular expertise are required (e.g. mental health).
As soon as practicable, we will let you know when your application has been approved and we can arrange for your very first foster child placement.