Respite care

We love respite carers!

If every foster carer in the country had a trusted ‘go-to’ respite family to give them a regular break, we’d be well on our way to helping make long-term care sustainable.

Respite care is looking after a child on a regular basis for a weekend (or other agreed short time period) to give their care-giver a break. This kind of care suits many, particularly those unable to do full-time care, households with busy schedules or empty-nesters who can fulfil a grandparent role in the life of a child.

Respite carers are trained, assessed and approved through an agency just like every other form of out-of-home care. But don’t let that put you off. It is a small sacrifice of time and energy that will make a dramatic difference, not just to a foster child, but for a whole family.

Story from a respite carer:

I came into ARK with a compulsion to make a difference in the life of a child. Unfortunately, with two young children at home and full-on work commitments, full time foster-care was not an option for our family. We discovered, however, that a number of families who were caring for at-risk kids full time, were incredibly overloaded. We went through the training process for foster care with a local agency and were approved, and on joining an ARK community, requested with our agency to do respite for a couple of toddlers being raised by another ARK family. They were completely worn out! Now we have the kids for a weekend a month, giving those parents a well-needed break, and the kids love us and know us through ARK. The routine has been great for the kids, and we can see we’re making a real difference, not just directly in the lives of the kids when they’re with us, but also helping a worn-out couple get the rest they need so they can be better-equipped to parent. Respite care has been a great way for us to get involved without having to turn our lives completely upside-down

Story from a respite carer:

I came into ARK with a compulsion to make a difference in the life of a child. Unfortunately, with two young children at home and full-on work commitments, full-time foster-care was not an option for our family. We discovered, however, that a number of families who were caring for at-risk kids full-time, were incredibly overloaded. We went through the training process for foster care with a local agency and were approved, and on joining an ARK community, requested with our agency to do respite for a couple of toddlers being raised by another ARK family. This couple were completely worn out! Now we have the kids for a weekend a month, giving those parents a well-needed break, and the kids love us and know us through ARK. The routine has been great for the kids, and we can see we’re making a real difference, not just directly in the lives of the kids when they’re with us, but also helping a worn-out couple get the rest they need so they can be better-equipped to parent. Respite care has been a great way for us to get involved without having to turn our lives completely upside-down.

Begin an application of interest via your state representative:

State Website Phone
VIC www.fosteringconnections.com.au 1800 013 188
SA www.sa.gov.au 1300 2367 837
NSW www.fosteringnsw.com.au 1800 236 783
WA www.dcp.wa.gov.au 1800 182 178
TAS www.fostercare.tas.gov.au  1800 732 522
NT www.nt.gov.au 1800 814 599
ACT www.acttogether.org.au  1300 933 678