Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a foster carer

Once you have expressed an interest in becoming a foster carer, one of our Foster and Kinship Care Workers will contact you and begin the process. This starts with completing an enquiry form, which can be done over the phone. One of our workers will arrange a time to deliver or post you an information pack and make a time to meet with you and your family for a pre-training visit. This is a chance for us to learn more about you. For you, it is an opportunity to hear more about fostering. If you decide you would like to progress, you can let us know at that visit.

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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

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