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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

Latest News

The foster family village – keeping siblings together

2021-11-08

Sadly, siblings are often separated when they enter the foster care system due to a lack of carers who can take groups of siblings. At Centacare, we know how important it is to keep siblings together, but we also know it is not always possible. So, we have developed the Village Concept to keep siblings as close as possible, even if not in the same home.

Read More

Different ways to care

2021-10-14

Did you know that there are several different types of foster care? Foster Carers come in all different shapes and sizes and provide various types of general or specialist care. Becoming a foster carer is a life-changing experience, whichever way you choose.

Read More

Fostercare circle of care images on show at the Department for Child Protection SA

Meet the faces in our circle of care

2021-03-02

As part of our latest recruitment campaign, we held an exhibition to debut characters to provide insights into why children come into care, what motivates people from the community to become carers and the different care dynamics. With the help of Quisk Design, we developed seventeen fictitious characters to help tell a range of stories about foster care.

Read More

Circle of care exhibition to open in Adelaide

2021-02-25

We're excited to announce our upcoming Circle of Care exhibition in Adelaide. The exhibition highlights themes in foster care, through the eyes of seventeen different illustrated characters, including children, carers and even a pet dog. The exhibition will open on Monday 1st March 2020 at the Department for Child Protection gallery in Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Read More

Centacare

Meeting the Challenge

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

Client Services

413 Grange Road, Seaton, SA 5023
E fostercareenquiries@centacare.org.au

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm