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Interested in Care?

Good for you! Your interest is the first step in a journey full of challenge and reward.
Out-of-home care is incredibly diverse across Australia, and the needs are great for every kind of carer. Some people sign up knowing exactly the kind of care they’re interested in – others will work that out along the journey. You don’t need to know what kind of care will work for you prior to applying – things will become clearer the more you find out along the application and training process.
Just to give you an idea of the kind of areas you can consider, out-of-home care ranges dramatically but covers the following types of care:

Respite Care

Caring for a child for one weekend a month to give either struggling parents or long-term foster carers a break.

Short-term Care

Short-term care can be anywhere from one week to 2 years. The goal of this kind of care is reunification with parents, or if not possible, transition to permanent care.


Either local or inter-country, bringing a child into your family and raising them permanently.

Emergency Care

Caring for a child from a night to 2 weeks, while a foster care placement is found.

Long-term/Permanent Care

Caring for a child with a view to forever.

ARK communities exist for you, even before you’ve completed your training.

Here’s how: We’ve noticed that in most communities of faith, out-of-home carers often feel a little isolated and alone. Not because people don’t care, but because there are simply so few carers in a congregation. ARK communities exist so that carers, whether new or experienced, can connect, support, encourage and grow together.

Within an ARK community there could be respite carers, foster carers, permanent carers or adoptive parents, all becoming a part of ‘extended family’ to each other, and providing the proverbial ‘village’ for these kids.

If you join an ARK community, you’ll connect with likeminded people who want to spur you on to succeed and thrive as a carer.

Most carers see out-of-home care as something just for them – but we want our network of carers growing! Within community, we share in that vision, and tend to band together in advocating for more families to step into the challenge and privilege of positively impacting these kids. We’d love you to be a part of that.

ARK communities exist to support you, but also so you can support, spur on and help recruit others. Add to that: ARK provides resources to carers in our network.

It’s obligation free, but something we know that if you invest your time into, you will be richly rewarded in relationships and support.

Mitcham, Melbourne VIC

Glen Waverley, Melbourne VIC

Craigieburn, Melbourne VIC

Warragul, VIC

Golden Grove, Adelaide SA

Melville, Perth WA

Murwillumbah, NSW

Mt Gambier, SA

Mundaring, Perth WA

Perth Metro, WA

Geraldton, WA

Bunbury, WA

Canberra, ACT

Newcastle, NSW

Launceston, TAS

No local ARK community near you? Here’s some options:

• Invite us to your community of faith to share our vision in bringing hope to kids (email a link to our ‘pastors and leaders’ page to your pastor)
• Discuss the idea of beginning an ARK community with another local family involved in out-of-home care. Contact us and we’ll make a time to chat with you all about it (in person, by phone or via video-link)
• Contact us

ARK communities exist for you,

even before you’ve completed your training.