About the organisation
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 of 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
Reunification (or short to medium-term) Foster Care is aimed at supporting children and teenagers return to their families, if safe to do so and in their best interests. 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 Reunification Carers for a few months to two years. There is a strong focus on restoring children and young people with their families by strengthening and building on their family relationships.
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 and develop.
Children and teenagers in need of out-of-home care come into care through no fault of their own. Most come from complex situations and have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect and may not have received the care, nurture, love and support they need to thrive.
Being a Reunification Foster Carer comes with a range of responsibilities, and unique challenges. However, the rewards can far outweigh the challenges.
- 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.
- Being a positive role model and advocate for young ones in need.
- Becoming an integral part of their life story whilst providing a safe and healing space for them.
- Being able to emonstrate the foundations of safe, healthy and trusting relationships.
- 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 Reunification 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 Reunification 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.
If you have the desire to provide a safe, supportive, caring home-based environment for children or young people who truly need it and are able to open your heart and home, you can become a Foster Carer.
CatholicCare wants Foster Carers who can bring 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?
CatholicCare Social Service Hunter Manning is a child safe organisation, committed to the protection of children and has zero-tolerance of any abuse of children. All volunteers are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Community Services Check and retain a valid Working with Children Check and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this job listing.
Please quote in application: Reunification Foster Carer via Pro Bono Australia.
Sector: #Children, #Community_Support_Services, #Youth_and_Young_People