What is foster care?
Why do children need foster care?
There are many reasons why children come into foster care. They may have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma and need a safe and supportive place to call home.
Not all children or young people in care have suffered abuse or experienced neglect. Poor health, social isolation, disability and financial hardship can often mean families struggle to adequately meet their child’s needs, and in this situation many children are entered into foster care to better support their educational, health and developmental needs.
How does foster care help?
We believe that every child and young person needs and deserves a safe and supportive place to call home.
Foster care can provide short and long-term support, helping families cope and get back on their feet or for many fostering provides ongoing, permanent care to those children or young people who may not be able to reunite with their birth family.
Reuniting children and young people with their families is always going to be the desired goal based on biological science. However, sometimes returning home is not in the child’s best interests, in cases like this foster care placements focus on developing permanent, stable and thriving homes for children and young people where there is the support they need to heal and grow.
At Foundations Care, we aim to support the unique needs of every child. Where possible, we match children with carers who share their cultural and linguistic background. Through our casework team, we support carers so that children and young people stay connected to the languages, cultures, religious practices and kinship ties that are important to them and to their families.
Types of foster care
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Our foster carers are everyday people like you. And with the support of our experienced team, you too can make a positive difference in a child or young person’s life.