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About Family Spirit

Our services include support aimed at helping keep families together, with all forms of foster care (short-term, respite, kinship and long-term) as well as adoption and guardianship services. We also provide ongoing support and services to young people who are transitioning from care to living independently.

About Foster Care

When children cannot stay with their birth families for any reason, foster care can provide a stable home enabling children and young people to pursue lives of normalcy, stability, love and success.

There are different types of foster care required for children in out of home care. This is because each child’s situation may be different; some children can safely return to their birth family home after a period in care where as other children may need a carer for a longer period of time.

Could you and your family provide this care? Types of care:

- Immediate care of a child for a few days, often at short notice

- Respite care for a few days or regular weekends to provide respite for long-term carers

- Short-term care from a few months’ duration to two years until a child can safely return to their birth family home, or is placed with a long-term carer

- Long-term care which may be until a child reaches 18 years or is adopted from foster care

- Kinship care where children are looked after by a relative when they cannot remain at home

Foster Care Criteria

We ask that carers fulfil certain criteria which we assess on an individual case-by-case basis. Our Frequently Asked Questions will help you decide if you could become a foster carer.

Can I foster if I’m single?

Yes, we welcome applications from people who are single as well as couples in stable relationships. We will help you explore your network of family and friends to support you.

Can I work and become a foster carer?

Yes, we understand that people may need to work alongside caring for a child. For some types of care, we ask that there is a period of time the carer can be at home with a child when they first arrive.

Is my age suitable to foster a child?

Foster carers need to be 21 years and over to care for a child with Family Spirit.

Can I foster a child if I have my own children?

Yes you can. We ask that your youngest child is two years older than a foster child to ensure the needs of both children can be met.

What financial assistance is provided for foster carers?

Carers can access an allowance to cover some expenses for the child and we can help cover services a child may need such as speech therapy or counselling.

What if I’m only available part of the year?

You could provide immediate care and then take a break before accepting another placement.

What if I want to adopt a child that I foster?

In many cases this may be possible. As an accredited adoptions agency, we are able to train and authorise carers to become both foster carers and adoptive parents.

What else will I need?

We ask that foster carers are in good health, financially independent and have enough space at home to provide some privacy for a foster child.

Am I ineligible with a criminal record?

Not necessarily. If you are honest about the history, we may undertake a risk assessment depending on the type of conviction.


We need your help could you provide short-term help for long term memories? Attend our Carers Information Session to find out more.

Saturday 28/09/19 at 7pm at St Patrick's Parish Hall, 5 Drynan st Summer Hill NSW

Tuesday 15/10/19 at 5:30pm at Marist 180 Blacktown, 36 First Avenue Blacktown NSW

Tuesday 05/11/19 at 5:30pm at Family Spirit Bankstown, Suite 301, Level 3, 2-14 Meredith street Bankstown NSW

It is not recommended that children attend the session. If complimentary childcare is required please email one week prior to the event.

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