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Foster and Kinship Care

Our kids are our future.

Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Why not become a foster or kinship carer?

Apply now – fill in our online expression of interest (EOI)

How do I become a foster or kinship carer (download fact sheet)

Our foster and kinship care team works to find and support foster and kinship carers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Brisbane and Logan region.

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Let’s keep our mob together.

About our Foster and Kinship Service

The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people within the child protection system is a major concern. Our team is dedicated to helping these children in our community.

When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people need to live away from home for their own protection, we are committed to ensuring that their cultural identity and relationship with their families and communities is maintained.

What we do
We recruit, train and support carers and case manage children and young people in out of home care. We strive to place our children and young people in care situations that support their individual identity and self-esteem and that meet their cultural, social, emotional and behavioural needs.

What is Foster Care

Foster Care is a form of family-based care for children and young people who cannot stay at home.

Foster Carers are everyday people from all walks of life. What ever they do or where they live, they have a very valued role in our community.

Foster Carers are part of a team of people who work to provide safe and supportive environments for vulnerable children and young people who cannot stay at home for various reasons.

Our carers may provide care for one or two nights, a few months or even years depending on the situation.

Where possible, children are reunited with their families as soon as possible. Carers assist this process through a commitment to maintain ongoing relationships between children and their families.

Children coming into care are of different ages, cultural and religious backgrounds. Contact with family helps children retain their connection and a sense of personal identity.

Caring is Important

Carers can have a positive impact on a child or young person’s life, and can provide the extra support children need in what can be a difficult and confusing time in their lives.

It takes all types of people from all walks of life to care for children. To become an approved carer you will need to participate in an assessment process and complete our pre-service training.

Carers may also have to complete additional specialist training to cater for a child’s particular physical or emotional needs.

Carers need to be willing to maintain ongoing relationships between children and their families to support family reunification.

Carers need to be patient and show understanding to children in their care. It is important that they are considerate of their own emotions, the emotions of their family and the emotions of children being fostered.