Foster and Kinship Care is a form of family-based care for children and young people who cannot stay at home. Foster and Kinship Carers are everyday people from all walks of life. Whatever they do or where they live, they have a very valued role in our community. Our carers are part of a team of people who work to provide safe and supportive environments for vulnerable children and young people who cannot stay at home for various reasons.
Our carers may provide care for one or two nights, a few months or even years depending on the situation. Where possible, children are reunited with their families as soon as possible. Carers assist this process through a commitment to maintain ongoing relationships between children and their families. Children coming into care are of different ages, cultural and religious backgrounds. Contact with family helps children retain their connection and a sense of personal identity.