Types of care available
SAF provides a range of care options through our Permanency Support Program
No matter how much time you have to give, there is a type of foster care to suit your family and lifestyle commitments.
Foster carers are at the heart of what we do and are valued members of the team. We provide support and training to assist anyone to become the best possible carer.
Types of Care
Emergency care is where children are placed with you at very short notice, often when they first enter Out-of-Home-Care, and this can be at night or on the weekend. Emergency placements can last for a few nights up to two weeks.
Respite care supports longer term care by giving kids and carers a break (or respite). It is often a regular placement with the same child or sibling group, and can be one weekend a month or during school holidays.
Restoration/short term care
Restoration carers work with children and their birth families to help maintain family relationships while a family works out difficult circumstances so the child may return home.
Permanent placements are for children and young people who cannot return to their birth family. These placements can be through guardianship or open adoption (see below).
The Permanency Support Program aims to give children a stable placement within two years of entering care.
Guardianship is a court order that can be made for a child in Out-of-Home-Care, in which the child will remain in the care of their guardian until they turn 18 years of age or the Children’s Court changes the order. Children under a guardianship order are no longer considered to be in foster care but in the independent care of their guardian. To become a guardian the adult must have a pre-established relationship with the child – often a relative or the long-term foster carer of the child.
SAF are able to support the transition from foster care to Guardianship where it is appropriate for a particular child.
Adoption is a legal process that transfers the rights and responsibilities of parenthood from the child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. Once a child is adopted they are issued a new birth certificate, and they have all the legal rights of a biological child.
An Open Adoption is one where the court order states how birth parents are still to be involved in the child’s life after the legal changes are passed.
SAF are able to support carers through the foster-to-adopt process where it is appropriate for a particular child to be adopted.