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Foster Care Information Sessions

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Foster Care Information Sessions

Our commitment to recruiting foster carers for vulnerable children and young people in need remains one of our highest priorities.

We are also abiding by the health and social distancing recommendations of SA Health and governing authorities to comply with all current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions. We offer both online and in-person options to attend an upcoming Information Session. Both sessions are held live, facilitated by an experienced Lutheran Care Foster Care staff member.  Information Sessions cover detailed information about different types of care we provide, the roles and expectations of foster carers, the nature and challenges of foster care and detailed information about what you can expect throughout the assessment and training process to become a foster carer. Information Sessions are a unique opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and hear from both a staff member and a seasoned foster carer.

Throughout your journey to learn more about fostering and making an informed decision for you and your family, we are committed to providing you with honest and transparent information every step of the way.

Due to COVID-19 appropriate protocols are in place to support physical distancing at our in-person Information Sessions. To ensure the health and wellbeing of attendees please RSVP as places are limited.
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Foster Care Information Sessions

Foster Care Information Sessions are a great way for us to meet you and an opportunity for you to hear a bit more information about the process of becoming a registered foster carer.

To give you the best possible picture of what it’s like to be a foster carer, we also have an opportunity for you to hear from one of our current foster carers, to hear first hand about their fostering experiences.

Please see details below regarding our upcoming Foster Care Information Sessions.

If you would like to find out more about foster care prior to attending one of our information sessions, you can download our information booklet below.

Lutheran Care Foster Carer Information Booklet

Foster Care Information Session (Online Webinar)

Register to attend a session.

Our chosen online platform is Zoom. You can register for a session by submitting the following form, and we will send you an email to confirm your registration. We will send you the Zoom link for joining the webinar the day before the session.

Upcoming Webinars

Monday 15 August 2022 [Live Online Webinar] 6.30PM

Monday, 7 November 2022 [Live Online Webinar] 6.30PM

 

Foster Care Information Session (In-Person Session)

Register to attend a session.

Due to COVID-19 we meet in small groups of people and have the appropriate protocols in place to support physical distancing to ensure the health and wellbeing of attendees.

Bookings are essential. If any details about the sessions listed here change, we will be in contact with you in advance of the session to let you know.

Upcoming Information Session

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 – The Ark, Salisbury Lutheran Church
10 Waterloo Corner Rd, Salisbury 6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 – Taikurrendi Children and Family Centre
Activity Centre, 8 Price St Christies Beach 6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 – Gawler & District Children’s Centre
Gate 6 / 69 Barnet Rd, Evanston 6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 26 October 2022 – St Marks Lutheran Church
35 Hampden Rd, Mt Barker 6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 9 November 2022 – Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers
2/224 Main North Rd, Prospect 6.30 – 8.30pm

 

Our Foster Care Information Session will also assist you to:

The process of becoming a foster carer is designed to help inform and determine what type of care best matches your physical and emotional capacity, unique skillset, lifestyle and life experience.

Throughout your assessment journey, your allocated Assessment Worker can help you identify which type of care may best suit your strengths. You can register for an information session by phone on (08) 8337 8787, email fostercare@lutherancare.org.au or register for an information session online. Our information sessions run for approximately 90 minutes hours with a scheduled tea-break in the middle.

Would you like to speak to someone about fostering?

We would be delighted to chat with you. Feel free to contact our team on 8337 8787 or submit an enquiry form and we'll be in touch with you. Let's have a chat about fostering and explore the possibilities of becoming a foster carer.

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Enquire About Foster Care

To contact us about fostering, you can:

Call us on 08 8337 8787

We would be delighted to speak with you. Feel free to contact our friendly team for a confidential, personal conversation about your circumstances and how fostering might suit your lifestyle. We can chat with you when you call, or book a time when you and your partner/spouse are both free. We can have a chat over the phone or arrange a time to video chat via Zoom.

Submit our Online Enquiry form or email fostercare@lutherancare.org.au

If you would like us to contact you, send us an email or submit an Online Enquiry. From there we can arrange a time for a phone conversation or video chat via Zoom.

Register for an upcoming Information Session.

Our upcoming dates and details are below. When you register for an online Information Session we'll send you a confirmation email and prior to the session we'll send the link with helpful information about joining the webinar. When booking an in-person Information Session, we'll send you a reminder SMS the day before the session to confirm all the details.

Lutheran Care highly values the critical role of foster carers and the contributions that their friends and families make to the nurture of children and young people. We recognize that children belong and thrive in families and foster carers provide stable, supportive and nurturing homes to help children feel safe and secure while separated from their birth parents and siblings.

When children and young people are unable to live with their birth family or relatives, Lutheran Care Foster Care Services rely on foster carers to provide safe and caring homes for these children to live.

Carers are everyday members of the community who have a strong commitment to helping others, especially children. Unfortunately, our community needs more everyday people who are able to offer caring homes to children and young people who cannot live with their birth families. Foster carers help children feel safe and secure while separated from their birth parents.

When foster carers invite children or young people in need to be a part of their family, whether that’s for a short time or a long time, it has the potential to be life changing; for both the carers and the children. Fostering is both challenging and rewarding. Carers provide emotional support and care for a child’s day-to-day needs and support the child in their educational and recreational activities.

There are different types of Foster Care including Long Term, Short Term and Respite across both Generalist and Specialist programs.

Generalist Foster Care provides children of all ages and cultural backgrounds a therapeutic home while they are unable to live with their birth family. Specialist Foster Care is a unique service for children with profound trauma, high needs or disability. Children eligible for Specialist foster carers are generally over 5 years of age and require a high level of care to meet their needs.

Successful foster carers in both Generalist and Specialist Foster Care share many characteristics, however there is a unique eligibility criteria and skillset we are looking for in Specialist Foster Carers to meet the needs of children and young people in Specialist Care.

Children are at the centre of what we do, and we ‘the village for children and young people’ work together as a Care Team to meet the needs and serve the best interests of each individual child in care.

Foster Carers, Lutheran Care (LC) Support Workers and Social Workers who work on behalf of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) actively participate in the Care Team to ensure that any decision which is made on behalf of the child is in the best interests of the child.

LC Foster Carers work with the child’s allocated DCP Case Worker and their LC Support Worker as part of the Care Team to achieve the set goal or plan for the child.

Every foster carer at Lutheran Care is allocated a dedicated Foster Care Case Worker (also known as a Foster Care Support Worker) who supports them in their fostering journey.

Lutheran Care Support Workers journey with our foster carers to provide practical assistance, professional advocacy or a listening ear. Support workers can also advocate on behalf of the foster carer for training, resources or access to support services.

We provide a 24/7 telephone line dedicated to our foster carers, so there is always someone from Lutheran Care at the other end of the phone to provide support, advice or assistance whenever it’s needed.

Glossary of Common Foster Care Terms

Learning about foster care and how the child protection system works can be confusing. If you would like to understand more we encourage you to contact us and we can help answer any of your questions.

As a starting point, please feel free to read a few of the definitions below which may provide some clarification.

Carer

A person who has the responsibility of providing day-to-day care of a child or young person. It includes carers who are relatives (kinship carers), foster carers, residential care workers, childcare workers and youth workers.

Family Contact

It is important for all children in care to grow up with a strong and grounded sense of pride, identity and belonging. Contact between children and young people in care and their birth families promotes this, and can vary and look different in different circumstances. The frequency, length and form of contact is determined by the child’s DCP Social Worker.

Contact can be supervised in a controlled environment if there is risk of aggression or harm. Contact can also be informal gatherings, such as siblings attending a birthday party together.

Foster Carer

A foster carer is an approved and trained person (not being a guardian or relative of a child) who, with the assistance of a financial allowance, provides care and support for a child or young person in their home.

Out-Of-Home Care (OOHC)

OOHC is a broad term for different types of care for children who are under the Guardianship of the Minister and are unable to live with their parents. OOHC includes Foster Care, Kinship Care, Adoptions, Residential Care, and in South Australia, Specific Child Only (SCO) Care.

Lutheran Care is a South Australian OOHC service provider.

Reunification

The planned process of contact between children and their birth families, and engagement of support services to enable children and young people in care to safely return home and live with their birth family.

Reunification is a transition over a period of time.

Stakeholders

The primary stakeholders are children and young people in care, their birth families, carers, OOHC service providers, agency support workers and social workers. Other stakeholders within the child protection system may include education workers, psychologists, therapists, health workers and other advocates.

Types of Care

We offer both Generalist and Specialist Foster Care and provide a range of care options that foster carers can choose from. Carers can register for multiple types of care depending on their capacity.

Types of Care

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Information Sessions

Join us at an upcoming information session to learn more about the process of becoming a foster carer, meet a carer and ask any questions you may have.

Information Sessions

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Who Can Foster

Foster carers come from all walks of life to care for children and young people. This includes Singles, Couples (including same-sex couples), families with or without their own children and with or without pets.

Who Can Foster

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Connection to Culture

We are committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal children in care. We are committed to ensuring that all children in care, regardless of their cultural background and ethnicity, grow up with a strong sense of pride, identity and belonging.

Connection to Culture

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Becoming a Foster Carer

Caring for children unable to live in their family home is a very special and important role, so choosing the right people for the task is essential.

Becoming a Foster Carer

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Contact Us

When you become a foster carer, you join a community of like-minded, generous, ever-learning, ever-growing community of loving people. If you would like to learn more and take the next step in your journey we look forward to hearing from you.

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