If you are interested in becoming a foster carer in Victoria, you will have support every step of the way.
The first step is connecting with a foster care agency who will answer your questions about foster care and what options are available.
Depending on where you live, there may be a number of foster care agencies in your area. If you need help with finding the right agency, call our enquiry line on 1800 013 088. If you're ready to chat with an agency directly, complete our online enquiry form.
Call the Fostering Connections Hotline on 1800 013 088 or complete the online enquiry form.
The next step once you have been connected with an agency is to gather information.
Many agencies run Information Nights, where prospective carers can come together to meet current carers, agency staff and even young people who have transitioned out of care. Other agencies will set up a personal information exchange in your home, where an agency worker will go through all your queries over a cup of tea.
Either way, this step is when you can ask all your questions and learn everything about becoming a carer.
Once you have the information you need, you can move on to pre-accreditation training. During the Shared Lives Victoria training course you will learn about the foster care system and build your skills so you are confident working with children who have experienced trauma or loss.
This training is free to prospective carers and is provided in suburbs across Melbourne and regional centres throughout Victoria. This course makes up your 16 hours of compulsory training to complete your foster carer accreditation.
If you are preparing to work with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, you will be given the opportunity to undertake additional training. During this training, you will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and how you can keep children connected to their families, communities and cultural heritage.
Once you have completed all the necessary training, your agency will assist you to complete the accreditation process.
Foster care applicants are required to:
The foster care worker/s assisting you with your accreditation will complete a report to be submitted to an accreditation panel. If you choose, you can read and comment on the report prior to it being submitted.
If you are successful, you will then be accredited to provide particular types of care and be able to accept foster care placements.