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Specialist Foster Carer
Specialist Family Preservation Foster Care Program Seaton SA 5023

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the role of Specialist Foster Carer.  Caring for children aged 0-17 years where the plan is to reunify them to the care of their birth family.


Specialist foster carers play a key role in nurturing the child's development and healing through therapeutic care.  They will work as part of a team to support the child and their birth family.  Children are likely to require short term care for up to 2 years.


About Centacare


For the past 74 years, Centacare have been supporting people to reach their full potential so they can participate in community regardless of their circumstances. Centacare is a not-for-profit organisation that responds to need in the areas of disability, homelessness, domestic violence, family outreach and relationships, youth, community support, training and intervention services. At Centacare, we believe for justice to be upheld, we must become compassionate voices in action for all.


About the Specialist Family Preservation Foster Care program


Centacare is dedicated to supporting vulnerable children. We recognise that children come into care as a result of complex family situations and that they are likely to have experienced neglect or abuse. Children in foster care may have challenging behaviour as a result of their experiences and require committed and empathetic carers. Children in care come from a range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Centacare is seeking compassionate people ready to open their hearts and homes to a child in need or siblings who need a home together. 


Centacare provides Specialist Family Preservation Foster Care (SFPFC) for children aged 0-17 years of age who have a reunification plan with their birth family. Children within the program are generally on short term Guardianship Orders with placement lengths ranging between 6-18 months. SFPFC carers work as part of a ‘Care Team’, which consists of the Department of Child Protection (DCP), Centacare, birth families and any other support services involved to meet the child’s needs. Our aim is to provide a holistic approach to caring for a child.  The goal of the program is to support children and birth parents to be reunified home with birth families. Centacare strives to ensure that together we create an environment of understanding and respect for birth parents and children, we are always working in the best interest of the children in care.

We currently have opportunities for compassionate and empathetic Foster carer to join the SFPFC team.


About you:


As a Specialist Foster Carer in our program, your contribution will make a positive difference in a child’s life. Supporting the process of reunification and reuniting a child with their birth family can be an extremely rewarding experience. Carers within the SFPFC program make a real difference every day. They recognise this period, when a child is in foster care, is often one of the most difficult times in their young lives.


A SFPFC carer:

  • Has relevant experience, knowledge and skills in the area of caring for children and ideally an understanding and willingness to learn how to support children who have high and complex needs. Most of all SFPFC carers have empathy and a commitment to providing a child a safe place to heal and thrive.
  • SFPFC carer’s are aged 25 to 70 years of age, they are single, married, de-facto or same-sex couples, with or without children.
  • They have a spare room and can provide a welcoming and safe home environment for a child to flourish.
  • Can commit to becoming a full time or respite foster carer for the program.
  • Live within or close to the Adelaide Metropolitan area.
  • Has a current driver’s licence and willingness to transport children in your care.
  • Have a permanent resident status.


What Centacare SFPFC program offers you:

  • A chance to play an integral role in reunifying children safely back into the care of their birth families.
  • In recognition of your important work we offer an enhanced financial amount than traditional foster caring, recognising the special nature of the role. The current amount is $892 per week for the first child and $446 for the second child per week.
  • Professional development training so that you build on your skills in understanding and managing challenging behaviours.
  • Intensive support, including a dedicated SFPFC Foster Carer Support Worker and access to 24 hour telephone support 7 days a week.
  • An Aboriginal Consultant who will support and advise you when caring for Aboriginal children.


About the role:


SFPFC carers provide vulnerable children with the highest level of responsive therapeutic care giving, offering children the best opportunity for their future development and well-being. Centacare recognises that achieving optimum outcomes for children in care requires ongoing investment in carers. Centacare ensures that SFPFC carers have the skills to implement daily strategies to support the children within their care. SFPFC carers receive ongoing training and have a dedicated Foster Care Support Worker to assist them in understand what is driving the child’s behaviours in order to for the carer to meet the child’s underlying emotional needs. Centacare supports SFPFC carers through every stage of the process, together we help you to build and develop your therapeutic skills to ensure you are able to confidently respond and care for children, while providing a safe and nurturing home environment.


As a SFPFC carer you will help a child manage their behaviours and assist them to meet their educational and developmental milestones. You will transport the child in your care to doctor’s appointment, school, therapy, family access and be actively supportive of the reunification process and the birth family. SFPFC carers play a vital role in facilitating and maintaining family and cultural connection for the child in their care.


The role of a SFPFC care is both challenging and rewarding. SFPFC carers provide so much more than just a safe place to stay. They recognise that a child’s healing needs to begin the day they are placed in care. Our carers recognise that the daily contact they have with the child in their care provides countless opportunities for positive connection. SFPFC carers make a real difference in a child’s life every day.


If you want to find out more about the SFPFC program or are interested in becoming a specialist foster carer, please contact us on 81591400 for further information or register your interest here. All applications are confidential.

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