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About Foster Care

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.

Lutheran Care welcomes foster care enquiries from all walks of life. We offer various types of care across both our Generalist Foster Care and Specialist Foster Care services. There is a great need for foster carers in both services, and a high demand for Respite Care for both long term Generalist and Specialist foster care families.

We are eager to hear from anyone thinking about fostering for the first time who may want a friend chat with a member of our team to learn more about fostering; or anyone who has been thinking about fostering for some time (maybe years!) and eager to take the next step in their journey.

Foster Care is a journey, and our team is here to walk alongside you every step of the way.

Lutheran Care is renowned for our highly skilled staff team and the exceptional carer support we provide all our families in both Generalist and Specialist Foster Care. If you are thinking about fostering and would like to learn more, or have been thinking about fostering for a while and ready to take the next step, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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.

Lutheran Care

Foster Care is a journey.

The journey doesn’t begin or end when you welcome a new child into your life and home – but it is a profoundly new chapter in your life. Lutheran Care walk alongside you and support you as you navigate the challenges and enjoy the rewards of sharing your family and dedicating yourselves to meeting the needs and best interests of the children and young people in your care.

Contact our friendly and professional team to learn more or take the next step in your fostering journey.

Foster Care

Attend an Information Session

Register online to attend a session.

Next Information Session

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 6.30pm

Next Online Webinar

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 7pm

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

We therefore offer both online and in-person options to attend an upcoming Information Session. Information Sessions on either platform (in-person or online) are held live, facilitated by an experienced Lutheran Care Foster Care staff member. Information Sessions cover detailed information about different types of care, the roles of foster carers, the nature and challenges of foster care and extensive 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 will be in place to support physical distancing at our in-person Information Sessions. To ensure the health and wellbeing of attendees bookings are essential. Please register to attend an Information Session.

See all upcoming Information Sessions and Online Webinar dates here.

Contact our friendly and professional team

If you would like to speak to someone about becoming a foster carer, please feel free to contact our friendly team on 8337 8787. We would be delighted to have a personal chat with you and explore the possibilities of becoming a foster carer with you in a personal conversation.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.