Short-term care

Some of the most dramatic stories of transformation have come from short-term care families.

Short-term care is simply called that because the foster-carers, as well as the court, intend for the placement to finish and the child to be either reunited with their well-functioning family of origin, or placed permanently with a long-term family.

It is preferred that children be raised in their family of origin, and if there is any possibility of reunification and building a family unit that functions well for them to flourish, that is always the best option. Consequently, there is a great need for short-term carers to parent kids who are waiting for some of these issues to be resolved.

Short-term care can range from a few weeks up to 2 years, while courts deliberate on the best future for a child and sometimes their siblings. In that time, short-term carers make an extraordinary difference in providing stability, teaching life-skills to these kids, giving them a safe routine, and helping them cope and prepare for the future.

Story from a short-term carer:

We took on 9-month old Sam. He had unfortunately been moved from 3 different placements before he came to us. The moves were nothing to do with him, but it resulted in him being a disconnected little boy who feared new people. Within a few weeks of constant one-on-one attention he began to attach and learned to trust us. It was such a joy for us to see that when a new person entered the room he ran to us for comfort. He went on to be able to attach well to his permanent family a few months later because he had learnt to trust us. Time invested in these kids makes a big difference to their futures

Story from a short-term carer:

We took on 9 month old Sam. He had unfortunately been moved from 3 different placements before he came to us. The moves were nothing to do with him, but it resulted in him being disconnected little boy who feared new people. Within a few weeks of constant one-on-one attention he began to attach and learnt to trust us. It was such a joy for us to see that when a new person entered the room he ran to us for comfort. He went on to be able to attach well to his permanent family a few months later because he had learnt to trust us. Time invested in these kids makes a big difference to their futures

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