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Respite Foster Carer

Organisation : CatholicCare Social Services Hunter Manning

Location : NSW Regional (Newcastle, Cardiff, Mayfield, Maitland, Taree, Forster, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Dungog, Gloucester, Muswellbrook, Raymond Terrace, Scone, Singleton, Gloucester)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training, Social & Support Work

Sector : Children, Community Support Services, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 31 May, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : CatholicCare Social Services Hunter Manning

About Us

For over 60 years CatholicCare has been dedicated to working with the whole community to deliver support services and programs that meet the needs of children, young people, individuals, and families across the Hunter and Manning regions.

CatholicCare's services incorporates Foster Care, Community Care, Youth, Family and Relationships, Mental Health, and Refugee Support.

Our mission is to work together with local communities to build a stronger, fairer and kinder society that values children, young people, families and individuals. 

We aim for inclusive, just, and strong communities where all people feel safe, validated, and that their voice is heard. We nurture and encourage strong relationships where the individuality and strengths of each person are respected, valued and celebrated. 

If you share our values or respect, justice, connection and collaboration as well as having a passion for improving the lives or children or teenagers in need, we want to hear from you.

About the role

Respite Foster Carers provide invaluable support to a child or teenagers’ primary long-term Carers, who may benefit from a short break from their caring responsibilities. 

Respite Carers not only provide a safe, stable and loving home environment for children and teenagers, between the ages of 5 to 17 years old but also can develop strong lasting relationships and friendships with long-term Carers due to the supportive nature of their role. 

As a Respite Foster Carer you provide planned regular care for a child or young person for a short period of time. The length of care can vary from a day to a weekend or a short break over school holidays. But whether it be once a month, a year or a lifetime, whatever you are willing and able to commit to, you have the power to have a lasting positive impact on a child or teenagers’ life.

The Benefits

  • Become an integral and highly valued member of our Care Team and foster care family.
  • Receive a tax-free allowance to support the day-to-day needs of the child or teenager in your care.
  • Receive comprehensive training and ongoing learning opportunities.
  • Receive personalised support from a dedicated Care Team including a Carer Support and Development Caseworker, Child and Family Caseworker, Education, NDIS and Cultural Consultants and Therapeutic Specialists.
  • Access to 24/7 on-call support in the case of emergency assistance and support outside of general business hours.
  • Opportunities for Carers to socialise, network, share their experiences and access peer support. 
  • Respite care allows the child or teenager to experience a different home and family environment as well as positive and supportive relationships with others which is critically important to their learning and development. 
  • Being a Respite Foster Carer can be hugely rewarding and life-changing, not only for the child or young person in care, but for the Carer themselves, their family and support network.
  • Application, assessment and approval process usually takes between 4 to 7 months and includes probity checks, assessment interviews and training.

Being a Respite Foster Carer comes with a range of responsibilities, and unique challenges. However the rewards can far outweigh the challenges and there are some very specific rewards that come from providing a healing safe environment to a child or teenager recovering from trauma and separation including becoming an integral part of their life story, being a positive role model, advocate, and support for them as well as being able to demonstrate the foundations of safe, healthy and trusting relationships.

Who can become a Respite Foster Carer?

We welcome applications from people regardless of gender, culture, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Young or old, with or without children, single people, de facto and married couples; everyone is different and brings their unique experiences to this important role.

There are no upper age limits to become a Carer; you need to be older than 18 years old, be fit and healthy and able to care for a child or teenager in your care.

It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your own home, or whether you live in an apartment or house. You need to be able to demonstrate that you can provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home and you have the right values and attributes that are important and beneficial for supporting children and young people who need it.

Whilst there are some boxes that need to be ticked, including training and assessment, the most valuable attributes you can bring is not the size of your home, pay package, relationship status or the amount of qualifications you have.

CatholicCare wants Foster Carers who can bring security, kindness, respect, resilience, patience and compassion into the lives of children and teenagers who need it the most. Can you be the one person to make a difference to the life of a child or young person in need?

How to apply

If this sounds like you, or, you'd like more information; we'd love to hear from you. Apply Now!

To apply, please email Sharon Charles, Foster Carer Recruitment Consultant: or call on 0487 102 831.

Our Carer Assessments and Placements team would also be delighted to hear from you via email, or via phone, 1300 590 898.

Please quote Respite Carer Pro Bono in your application. 


Please quote in application: Respite Foster Carer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training, #Social_and_Support_Work
Sector: #Children, #Community_Support_Services, #Youth_and_Young_People


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