Become a disability foster carer and give a secure home to a young person or child with a disability
For a range of reasons, young people and children with a disability may not be able to live with their own families and may need an alternative home that’s safe and suited to their needs. They also need commitment and understanding from adults to nurture their self-esteem and give them confidence in their strengths and abilities.
By becoming a foster carer, you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of children and young people with a disability.
Foster care options
As a foster carer, you can choose from different types of foster care to suit your circumstances. If you’re unable to commit to a long-term foster care arrangement, you can apply for a temporary placement.
- Short-term foster care - a temporary placement for a few weeks or months while we make plans for long-term care and accommodation.
- Short breaks - a regular arrangement for young people or children to stay with a carer to give their family or full-time carer respite.
- Long-term foster care - caring for young people or children with a disability who are living permanently away from their family until they become an adult.
- Kinship care – a family member or friend can apply to care for a child with a disability.
- Emergency foster care - a safe place for a few days and nights.
Can I be a foster carer?
To become a foster carer, you’ll need to go through an application process to make sure you’re able to support a child with a disability.
Our foster carers are people from all walks of life and backgrounds and you can apply regardless of your employment or relationship status. You’ll need to be over 21, fit and healthy, with a positive approach to foster care, and a spare room. Experience of looking after children is helpful, but you don’t need to have children of your own to be eligible.
Applying to be a foster carer with House with No Steps
The foster care application process usually takes about 6 months.
- Step 1: meet with our staff for an assessment interview. This is a chance for you to tell us about your interests and experience, why you want to become a foster carer, and what you can offer a child in your care. We’ll tell you more about what it’s like to care for a child with a disability and what you and your family can expect from a foster care arrangement.
- Step 2: after your assessment interview, we’ll arrange for a social worker to visit you at home. They’ll be making sure you have everything a child with a disability might need to be safe and supported in your care.
- Step 3: before you become a foster parent, you’ll need to give personal and employer references and we’ll also carry out a background check including criminal records, working with children, and health services.
Supporting our foster carers
When you become a foster carer with us, you’ll be joining a supportive community, which provides you with training, advice, an activities program, and respite. For longer term placements, you’ll have monthly meetings with a social worker to talk about your foster child, their progress, and any concerns. You can call on your social worker for advice and support at all times.
You’ll be paid a fixed allowance to cover costs for your foster child – the amount will depend on their age, their disability, and other circumstances. This allowance will be paid into your bank account every two weeks.