OUR KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES.

The ATSICHS Brisbane Foster and Kinship Care program is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander developed and implemented program that provides stability of placement for children in care so they stay connected to their community and culture, and their identity remains strong and alive.

We do this by working with our carers, to ensure that you feel supported, valued and most importantly listened to. Our care team is made up of passionate and skilled workers who understand and can walk with you, by empowering you with tools and strategies to do one of the most valuable jobs…. care for our most vulnerable children.

If you’ve ever thought about being a foster or kinship carer, have a look at our video and see how we can make it happen with you. You’ll hear from some of our care workers who will support you and some current carers who talk about their role and the rewards they get from seeing a smile on the face of a child and knowing they have made that child’s life better.

YOU CARE FOR OUR KIDS, WE’LL CARE FOR YOU

We know that deciding to become a foster carer is a big decision. That’s why we will be there to help and guide you every step of the way. We provide training and ongoing support to all our foster carers to ensure your placement is successful for you, your family and any children who may come into your care. We will also provide a range of supported activities and gatherings.

Each month we have morning tea gatherings, where you can meet and share stories with other carers. The morning includes professional training sessions. All morning teas run from 10am-1pm and are held at ATSICHS Child and Family Centre, 6 Glenda St, Waterford West.

Download our 2018 training calendar

HOW DO I BECOME A CARER?

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a foster carer

Below is a quick overview of the steps in becoming a foster carer. If at any time you have any questions, remember you can call us. Want to know the process and get started? Our factsheet tells you all the steps you need to take on this journey. From your expression of interest, meeting with us, right through to your training and necessary assessment components, we will support you every step of the way.

Download our factsheet

1. Expression of Interest

We know that deciding to become a foster carer is a big decision. That’s why we will be there to help and guide you every step of the way.

If you are interested in becoming a foster or kinship carer first contact our Foster and Kinship Care Team at ATSICHS Brisbane by calling 07 3029 6566 or emailing fkc@atsichsbrisbane.org.au.

We specialise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placements but our team of trained care workers support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Carers. We also provide training and wrap-around dental, health and wellbeing services for the children and young people as well as the families who care for them.

2. Initial contact

Once you have made initial contact, one of our Foster and Kinship Care Workers will contact you and begin the process. This starts with an expression of interest form.

You can also complete the expression of interest on our website. Once we have received your EOI one of our workers will call you to make a time to meet you and your family or arrange a time to call you to answer any initial questions you may have. This is a chance for us to learn more about you. For you, it is an opportunity to hear more about fostering.

An information pack will be provided to you following the interview.

3. Training

Prior to starting your assessment to be a foster carer, you will need to complete competency based training for foster carers. Training is delivered flexibly to suit your needs and time available.

There are four modules which are run throughout the year and we aim to modify times and dates to suit our future foster carers and their families. You will learn about why children enter care, their need to remain connected to their birth family and some of the issues they and you as their carer may experience. You will learn how to manage behaviours as well as the roles and responsibilities of both yourself, your agency (us) and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Once you complete this training you will receive a Statement of Achievement.

4. Assessment

After your training is complete an assessment report is provided. After yarning with you (including people that live with you, which could include a spouse, children and friends), the assessor will make a recommendation to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

You are included in this process and will be given an opportunity to provide comments and feedback. Your assessor will submit your assessment to a panel of people who will, in turn make a decision in regards to whether your application has been successful.

If successful, you will be given a Certificate of Approval and your foster care journey begins

We know that deciding to become a foster carer is a big decision. That’s why we will be there to help and guide you every step of the way.

If you are interested in becoming a foster or kinship carer first contact our Foster and Kinship Care Team at ATSICHS Brisbane by calling 07 3029 6566 or emailing fkc@atsichsbrisbane.org.au.

We specialise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placements but our team of trained care workers support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Carers. We also provide training and wrap-around dental, health and wellbeing services for the children and young people as well as the families who care for them.

Once you have made initial contact, one of our Foster and Kinship Care Workers will contact you and begin the process. This starts with an expression of interest form.

You can also complete the expression of interest on our website. Once we have received your EOI one of our workers will call you to make a time to meet you and your family or arrange a time to call you to answer any initial questions you may have. This is a chance for us to learn more about you. For you, it is an opportunity to hear more about fostering.

An information pack will be provided to you following the interview.

Prior to starting your assessment to be a foster carer, you will need to complete competency based training for foster carers. Training is delivered flexibly to suit your needs and time available.

There are four modules which are run throughout the year and we aim to modify times and dates to suit our future foster carers and their families. You will learn about why children enter care, their need to remain connected to their birth family and some of the issues they and you as their carer may experience. You will learn how to manage behaviours as well as the roles and responsibilities of both yourself, your agency (us) and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Once you complete this training you will receive a Statement of Achievement.

After your training is complete an assessment report is provided. After yarning with you (including people that live with you, which could include a spouse, children and friends), the assessor will make a recommendation to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

You are included in this process and will be given an opportunity to provide comments and feedback. Your assessor will submit your assessment to a panel of people who will, in turn make a decision in regards to whether your application has been successful.

If successful, you will be given a Certificate of Approval and your foster care journey begins