Choosing to become a KARI foster carer is a big decision, which ultimately leads to a wonderfully rewarding experience. Our Carer Recruitment team can advise you about how you can help change a child’s life for the better, forever.
KARI’s Carer Recruitment team are always looking for quality Aboriginal foster carers. We seek people who have a passion for providing outstanding care for Aboriginal foster children. Our team offers professional support to all of our foster carers, while they provide a child or young person in need with a loving home, care and support.
Here, you will find more information about the following:
- Why Aboriginal Foster Carers are needed
- What types of foster care we provide
- How we support our network of foster carers
- Why you should foster through KARI
- Becoming a foster carer
- Our foster care success stories
- Frequently asked questions about foster care
Why Aboriginal Foster Carers are needed?
In NSW alone, there are more than 20,000 children and young people living in foster care placements. Aboriginal children account for around one third of that total, which is a shocking statistic given Aboriginal people make up just over three per cent of the entire national population. Our Carer Recruitment team are committed to cultivating a dedicated network of Indigenous foster carers to provide the stability and support every Indigenous young person deserves in order to thrive.
What types of foster care do we provide?
KARI’s Carer Recruitment team work to find foster carers who can support our young people in a variety of care arrangements. These include:
A respite placement is considered to be between two to 28 days.
A placement may be required for any length of time, from one month up to two years. This type of placement is generally dependent on the court system and whether restoration to birth family or kinship placement is an option.
A long-term placement is required when Family and Community Services have assessed all family options and believe it’s in the child’s best interest to remain in care up until the age of 18. Should the parent wish to demonstrate they have the capacity to begin caring for their child again, they can take the matter back to court at any stage throughout the long-term order.
Kinship is when a child has family members who are willing to take on the full-time care of the child, when they’re unable to live with their parents. This is managed by Community Services and KARI will only be involved if Community Services has a specific need, such as assessing a family’s capacity to care for another child, or working together for the smooth transition of a child to the family.
How do we support our network of foster carers?
KARI’s Carer Recruitment team offers the following support to our foster carers:
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 and Life Story Work Scrapbooking. In addition, we also support all training opportunities provided by Connecting Carers who facilitate training sessions all over NSW.
All foster 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.
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.
What are the next steps?
Deciding to become a foster carer will change your life and, consequently, that of a child in need, forever. It’s a wonderfully rewarding experience and KARI’s Carer Recruitment staff will be there to support you and your family throughout the entire fostering process.
Firstly, two KARI Carer Recruitment staff members will visit your home to explain a bit more about KARI, while outlining the next steps of the process. The goal of the session is to ensure you have all the information and support available to make this very important decision. Following this meeting, you can decide whether you’d still like to become a KARI carer.
Two Carer Recruitment members of staff will make visits to your home. Ultimately, they will assess aspects such as your motivation, your availability, your experience, and your living arrangements.
Potential Carers complete a two-day Carer Recruitment training workshop. KARI utilises the ‘Our Carers for Our Kids’ training package. Furthermore, in NSW, all Carers must undergo a number of checks prior to becoming an authorised carer, including:
- Working With Children Check
- National Police Check
- Community Services Check
- House Safety Check
We ensure a personal and genuine experience for both our carers and our children as a result of our family-orientated approach to foster care. In addition, we offer access to a number of unique programs within a holistic service model, including a diverse clinic team and our exceptional Cultural Unit.
Become a foster carer
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.