About the role
Respite Foster Carers provide invaluable support to a child or teenager and their primary Carers. The length of care can vary from a day or a weekend to a short break over school holidays.
CatholicCare are actively seeking Respite Carers for children and teenagers, between the ages of 5 to 17 years old. As a Respite Foster Carer, you provide planned regular care for a child or young person for a short period of time, typically one or two weekends a month.
Respite care also allows the child or teenager to experience a different home environment and positive supportive relationships with others which is critically important to their learning and development.
Children and teenagers desperately need what most of us take for granted every day – a safe place to call home. So whether it be one weekend a month, a year or a lifetime, you have the power to change a child or young person’s life.
- 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.
- 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.
- Being a positive role model and advocate for a young one in need.
- Being able to demonstrate the foundations of safe, healthy and trusting relationships with children or teenagers.
- Opportunities for Carers to socialise, network, share their experiences and access peer support.
- 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.
- Application, assessment and approval process usually takes between 4 to 7 months and includes probity checks, assessment interviews and training.
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.
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.
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 would love to hear from you.
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.
Please quote in application: Respite Foster Carer via Pro Bono Australia.