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Restoration Foster Carer

Organisation : CatholicCare Social Services Hunter Manning

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

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

Restoration  (or short to medium-term) Foster Care is aimed at supporting children and teenagers return to their families, if safe and in the best interests of the child or young person. So, whilst all options are explored and supported for children to return home safely, they need short to medium-term care in a safe, stable and nurturing home environment.

Children and teenagers, aged between the ages of 0 – 17 years old, can be with Restoration Carers for a few months to two years. There is a strong focus on reunifying children and young people with their families by strengthening and building on their family relationships whilst in care.

Birth family, parents, or guardians will receive support to improve their ability to care for their child or teenager. The child or young person’s safety, welfare and wellbeing always come first.

If returning home or living with family is not in the child’s or teenagers’ best interests, other options for long-term care will be explored so they can have a home where they can heal, grow, learn, and develop.

Children and teenagers in need of out-of-home care come into care through no fault of their own and are from all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds. However most come from complex situations and have witnessed traumatic events and may not have received the care, nurture, love and support they need.

Being a Restoration 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 in need 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.

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. 
  • Being a Restoration 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.

Who can become a Restoration 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: scharles@catholiccare.org.au or call on 0487 102 831.

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

Please quote Restoration Carer Pro Bono in your application. 

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Please quote in application: Restoration 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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