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Foster Carers (Long-Term)

Job No: 86734
Location: Adelaide Metro & SA Country Regions

  • Every child has the right to a safe, loving and secure home. There are children in your community who need a long-term family home. 
  • Extensive support, on-going training, debriefings, and access to 24-7 on-call support is provided plus a tax-free reimbursement of up to $850 per week.
  • Are you a compassionate, nurturing person or couple with a safe home environment and time to give?
  • Are you looking for a change, and a new challenging yet highly rewarding path to take in your life?

Who is Life Without Barriers?

Life Without Barriers (LWB) is a not-for-profit organisation. LWB delivers services in the areas of disability, child, youth and family, aged care, mental health and support for refugee and asylum seekers. We also provide services to homeless people and to youth involved with the justice system.

Foster Care at Life Without Barriers

Foster care involves caring for children or young people who are not able to live safely with their family. Life Without Barriers in SA provides home-based care to children and young people aged between 0 – 17 who require long-term care (i.e. until they reach the age of 18).  Children and young people in care have often experienced trauma, grief and loss. As a result of this, these young people often have high and complex emotional needs and behaviours.

At Life Without Barriers, we train and support Carers to provide home-based care, with the aim of helping children and young people heal and recover from the effects of trauma in their childhood. A carer’s relationship with a child is the key to growth and positive change. LWB carers have a high level of empathy and patience and have a willingness to see past a child’s behaviours and learn about their underlying emotional needs.  Life Without Barriers provides a high level of support to our carers who provide this invaluable care to children in need. We offer a very high level of personal support and guidance from dedicated support workers, on-going specialised training, in-house clinical services and our innovative therapeutic “Living Arts” program. 

Sometimes there are siblings who require foster care. Life Without Barriers would like to hear from people who would consider caring for sibling groups.

About the Program   

Life Without Barriers currently has rewarding opportunities for compassionate people to become Long-Term Foster Carers and welcome a child into their home and family, within the Adelaide and/or regional South Australian region.

Carers can be single males or females, or couples, including same-sex couples, with or without children of their own. We are looking for caring people who are willing to make a long-term commitment to nurture a child or young person, help them to experience positive family life and form positive relationships, and find a place to belong as they grow into young adults.

In this highly rewarding and fulfilling role, you will provide a nurturing, stable and supportive home environment for a child or young person aged 0 - 17 years. You'll also be providing a high level of emotional support and care to help meet the young person's day-to-day needs, including their educational, recreational, cultural, and religious needs.

Eligibility / Selection Criteria

  • You must be aged 25 or older
  • Willing to undertake a screening and licencing check
  • Be able to provide a safe, hygienic, and smoke-free home environment
  • Provide a suitable spare bedroom
  • Have a current driver's licence
  • You'll be able to demonstrate that you are a calm, patient, resilient and flexible individual
  • Prepared to work with a team of professionals
  • Commit to ongoing training and development to provide the best care possible.

Our carers receive a high level of accredited training that is specifically tailored to help them meet the needs of the young person in their care. This includes extensive support, on-going training, debriefings, and access to 24-7 on-call support is provided plus a tax-free reimbursement.

Life Without Barriers is committed to Aboriginal children and young people in our care receiving culturally appropriate care that supports their identity, culture, connection to family, country and community whilst maintaining their safety. At the moment, we have a number of Aboriginal children and young people needing Foster Carers. We strongly encourage people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to apply for these positions.

Becoming a Foster Carer is a challenging yet extremely satisfying and rewarding role, where you will make the world of difference in the life of a child and truly make a positive impact on your community. Foster carers are the heart of our program; they play a vital role in the positive outcomes achieved for vulnerable children and young people in care.

For more information about these fulfilling opportunities please click here.

All applications are considered by the Life Without Barriers Child, Youth and Family Team. Successful candidates will be contacted by telephone to arrange an information session. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by e-mail or telephone.

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