St Joseph’s Cowper is a small and personalised agency that provides foster care for children with our network of dedicated and supported authorised carers. If you’re interested in knowing more about foster care please call or contact us
Who can be a foster carer
Foster carers come in all shapes, sizes, cultural backgrounds and relationship types. If you’re passionate about kids and can provide a stable, loving environment for young people, you can be a foster carer! The assessment process to become a foster carer typically takes 3-6 months.
You choose the type of care you want to provide and how often.
What type of foster care is right for you
|Emergency||Short notice||Up to two week duration|
|Short-term||Some notice||Up to two month duration|
|Long-term||Lots of notice||Up to 18 year duration|
|Respite||Usually planned||Generally weekend duration|
The thing all foster carers have in common is a love of kids
Collaborate to Heal
Being a foster carer means being part of a team. Many people are involved in providing care for each foster child. Case workers from St Joseph’s Cowper, FACS and of course, the birth family of the young person all have a role to play alongside the foster carer. Your role as a foster carer is to be a significant figure in the young person’s life, but you’re not alone!
We collaborate to heal.
Training & Support
"Shared Stories, Shared Lives" training is an essential part of the process of becoming a foster carer. This training includes topics such as trauma and dealing with challenging behaviours.
Foster carers get paid a tax-free allowance for each night a young person spends in their care.
SJC is the only foster care agency with an office in the Clarence Valley. We have a 24-hour On-Call support service and employ a Foster Care Coordinator to support and train our foster carers.