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Application Process
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At SAF we believe that relationships are one of the most important things in the life of children and young people

Application Process

Becoming a foster carer with SAF is a process we will walk with you through to make it as smooth and simple as possible. It usually takes around 6 months.

The process begins with a conversation. One of our workers will call you to arrange to come have a visit called an Information Exchange Visit (IEV) to find out about you, and tell you more about us.

After that you (and your partner if you have one) will attend a two-day training course, and then have a series of interviews in your home. One of those interview visits will include a home safety inspection, after which you will be told of any changes necessary before you can be approved (if any). If you have children in your household, we will also have a chat with them, to make sure they understand the changes that will occur in the household if you take on foster caring.

You will need to fill out a range of paperwork, as well as submit to a Criminal Record Check, a Working With Children Check, have a health check with your doctor, and provide some references.

Then our foster care approval panel will make a decision about your application and decide how many children or what ages you will be approved to provide care for.

This all might sound a little daunting, but the process is thorough and comprehensive to make sure you have the skills and information you need to be an effective foster carer, and to make sure anyone applying to look after vulnerable children is doing it for the right reasons. Training and careful screening takes place to ensure that foster carers are safe people who have the capacity to stay the course for a child in their care.

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Contact SAF today

If you feel ready to take the next step, fill out an enquiry form & we will contact you very soon, or call us during office hours on 9569 6933 and ask to speak to a member of the foster care recruitment team