Become a Carer

Opening your home and heart to a child in need is a hugely rewarding experience. Our Carer Recruitment team can advise you how you can positively impact a child’s journey.

KARI carers provide a safe and loving home for vulnerable children in need of care and protection. Foster caring is varied; it may involve working with the family to restore the child home, providing short-term care and respite, or being a stable and secure long-term family for a child or sibling group.

Why are Aboriginal Foster Carers needed?

The national rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system, is almost 10 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. KARI needs Aboriginal carers to ensure these children have an opportunity to grow into resilient young people with a proud sense of identity.

What types of care can you provide?

There are many types of care required to support vulnerable young people. Every carer will have unique skills and circumstances influencing the types of care they can provide.


Respite Carers look after children for short periods or on regular occasions. Generally, respite carers provide fulltime carers a break or meet particular needs of a child or young person. For example, a respite carer might have a child from Friday to Sunday once per month on a recurring basis.


These Carers support a child on a full time basis for a shorter or defined period. Often short-term carers will care for a child whilst more permanent arrangements are being assessed or explored.

Immediate Placement:

These Carers take children into their home when they first enter care. You will be required to support the child whilst Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), the courts and KARI assess the viability of the child returning home or to family. These Carers will be required to support and encourage restoration or family placement where it is in the child’s best interest.


These specialist Carers are committed to actively supporting the restoration of the children in their care to family. You will promote birth family contact, complete life story work and possibly build rapport with the family. KARI will match children with you who are currently working towards a restoration case plan goal; as well as providing specialist casework support.

Specialist Carers:

KARI is committed to the ongoing recruitment of carers with specialist skills who are able to support unique placements. We regularly have a need for Carers with the following skills; specialist behaviour management, health or nursing experience, education professionals, single Carers without other children in the home and much more.

On occasion KARI do require long term carers after all family options for children have been explored. Please talk to your Assessment Officer if you are able to provide a placement for a child into adulthood.

Don’t forget to let us know about any unique skills you may have.

How do we support our Carers?

KARI offers the following to support our carers:

Dedicated caseworker
All KARI carers will be assigned a caseworker to offer you support and guidance on any given placement. In addition, they’ll visit you a minimum of once a month to ensure the child’s needs are met while in your care, as well as supporting you in your important role as carer.

KARI ensures that its carers have the opportunity to participate in ongoing training programs. We facilitate a number of in-house training programs, specifically Triple P, Behaviour Management, Life Story Work Scrapbooking and an online training subscription. In addition, we also support all training opportunities provided by peak bodies who facilitate training sessions all over NSW. We also have a Training and Support Officer who works directly with our carers to tailor individualised training opportunities to meet their needs.

Fortnightly allowance
All carers will be provided with a fortnightly allowance, scaled with regard to the age of the young people in care and the level of care they require. This is to help cover the costs involved with providing quality care for the child in your care. Paid per child, the allowance does not count towards your taxable income. This means that it will not affect your tax or earnings if you are working.

24-hour support
KARI has a 24-hour phone support service, therefore should a crisis arise, you won’t have to manage it alone.

KARI Cultural Unit
All KARI carers have access to the KARI Cultural Unit, which offers ongoing cultural support.

KARI Clinic
All KARI carers have access to the KARI Clinic, which provides multidisciplinary therapeutic interventions.

What are the next steps?

You give us a call on (02) 8782 0300 or complete the enquiry form below.

Information Session
The Recruitment Team visit your home to answer any questions and provide your application paperwork.

Carer Application
You complete an application to become a carer.

You complete KARI’s carer training.

Checks are performed regarding your: health, accomodation, background and criminal record, personal references.

Your Assessment Officer will visit your home 2 to 4 times to interview you about the experience and skills you can bring to caring.

Who can become a Carer?

Anyone can apply to become a carer. Whether you’re single, married, divorced or in a same sex relationship, we would love to hear from you. Every child has different needs, so having a variety of carers on board means we can make the best possible match for both the child and carer. While every carer applicant is assessed on their individual merit, we are looking for carers who:

  • Can provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for the child, with enough space and privacy for them to grow up strong
  • If in a relationship, must have been living together in a domestic relationship and/or married for a minimum period of 2 years
  • Are over the age of 21
  • Demonstrate a good support network of family and friends
  • Demonstrate personal resilience through challenging times
  • Provide child focused nurture
  • Work well with others

Apply Now

If you’re thinking about becoming a carer, there are a number of avenues you can explore:

1) Give a member of our Carer Recruitment team a call on (02) 8782 0300.

2) Fill in the online expression of interest form below and a member of our Carer Recruitment team will call you to arrange an information session.

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