Become a part of a Foster Care team that provides ongoing support and training to prepare you for the joys and challenges of fostering children.

Centacare Foster Care provides immediate, short-term, long-term and respite care for children from birth until adulthood. Many children within the program are cared for by foster families in short-term arrangements, where the children are under Guardianship Orders, as part of a planned reunification with their birth family.

For children on long-term Guardianship orders, Centacare foster carers can provide care until the child or young person reaches the age of 18. Immediate care is a short term care option for children, often when they initially come into care, until a longer term placement household is sourced. Centacare provide both specialist and general Foster Care placements.

Centacare Foster Care Program

Centacare supports foster carers through the experience of fostering for short periods of time, the reunification process and long term, by facilitating ongoing training, professional development opportunities, reviews, carer networking opportunities, and access to therapeutic resources and written materials. The journey begins from point of assessment, which has training to support applicants alongside the in-home assessment visits. See how Centacare will help you throughout your experience as a foster carer.

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Who can foster?

If you are aged between 25 and 70 years, eligible for a Working With Children Check and have a spare bedroom, Centacare will partner with you to work through a range of criteria with the shared goal of making an important difference in a child’s life. Centacare values inclusiveness and diversity, welcoming applications from people with culturally diverse backgrounds, with or without children, same-sex couples, singles and retirees.

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How do I become a foster carer?

There are a number of steps in the process of becoming a foster carer. Centacare acknowledges the various situations that surround an individual’s or a family’s decision to commit to having a child join their home. This is why the process is transparent, in-home, flexible and adaptable, depending on the needs of the household. The process moves through an enquiry phase and assessment phase, alongside training.

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Types of care

Centacare foster carers contribute to the immediate, short-term, long-term, and respite care of a child from birth to adulthood, as well as supporting the reunification of a child with their birth family. Centacare provides both specialist and general placements. To learn more about the different types of Foster Care, register for an Information Session or enquire on 08 8159 1400 to schedule an in-home Information Exchange Session.

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Information sessions

Centacare hosts information sessions in various locations in the community, for people interested in becoming a foster carer. Within Centacare’s program you will be a part of a Foster Care team, to ensure that children can enjoy safe and secure homes. Come along to learn more about how you will be supported in your decision to foster a child, about the different Foster Care types and as an opportunity for you to ask questions.

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FAQ’s

There might be a question that you have about becoming a Centacare foster carer that is briefly answered here. We understand that every family is unique and you may have additional questions, the topics listed have been compiled from frequently asked questions. Have a look and, if you want to talk about it further or have any other questions or queries, give us a call.

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Do you have the desire to make a positive difference in a child’s life?

  • Are you empathetic and understanding?
  • Do you have a good understanding of the needs of children?
  • Do you have the capacity to provide care for a child?
  • Do you have a spare bedroom in your home?
  • Do you hold a current driver’s licence?

If you answered YES to all of the questions above we’d like to hear from you. You may qualify to join our dedicated team of highly-trained and skilled foster carers.

Contact our Foster Care Team for more details or to book a place at one of our Information Sessions

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December 16th

Today we brought our fabulous foster carers together for a Christmas barbecue at North Adelaide. Mrs Claus even dropped in to spread some festive cheer 😍
A hallmark of our foster care program is the community it creates among families who share a common goal: to provide loving and nurturing homes for our smallest and most precious. It's truly special to see how our foster carers help one another and the friendships that blossom between the children in their care. Merry Christmas!
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We had a lovely time ... thank you!! 🥳😊

December 8th

FOSTER CARE: Fifty per cent of the children in our foster care program are Aboriginal. The over-representation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system is heartbreaking. Carers like Karen and Bindee are invaluable. They are able to connect the children in their care to culture and instil a sense of pride and self-worth. Centacare Aboriginal Cultural Consultant Les Wanganeen supports non-Aboriginal carers in providing culturally safe placements to Aboriginal children. To all our foster carers, thank you for everything you do. You have one of the most important roles in our community and we could not be more grateful. ... See MoreSee Less

FOSTER CARE: Fifty per cent of the children in our foster care program are Aboriginal. The over-representation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system is heartbreaking. Carers like Karen and Bindee are invaluable. They are able to connect the children in their care to culture and instil a sense of pride and self-worth. Centacare Aboriginal Cultural Consultant Les Wanganeen supports non-Aboriginal carers in providing culturally safe placements to Aboriginal children. To all our foster carers, thank you for everything you do. You have one of the most important roles in our community and we could not be more grateful.

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Centacare

Meeting the Challenge

Centacare Catholic Family Services is a Catholic welfare organisation delivering a range of services across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.

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413 Grange Road, Seaton, SA 5023
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