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 Types of foster care

Types of foster Care

Foster Care 

Telephone: 1800 182 178 
Email: fostering@cpfs.wa.gov.au

  • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department) provides temporary and permanent care for children from birth to 18 years.
  • The Department recruits, assesses, trains and supports foster carers across the state.
  • There is a need for carers who can provide permanent care for children who are not able to return to live with their parents or live with other family members.
  • Providing permanent care may lead to a Special Guardianship Order or a Carer Adoption.

Short-break Support

Telephone: 1800 182 178
Email: fostering@cpfs.wa.gov.au

  • Short-break Support Carers look after children for short periods of time to give their full time carers a break. 
  • They look after children in their own home for a few hours, a weekend or a few weeks.  
  • They undertake the same training, assessment and approval process as foster carers. 
  • Short-break Support care fact sheet.


Pre-Adoptive Foster Care

Telephone: 1800 182 178
Email: fostering@cpfs.wa.gov.au

  • Mainly for newborn babies while the birth parents are considering permanent care options.
  • The period of care ranges from a few days up to a year. 
  • You need to have had experience caring for a newborn baby, and the main caregiver cannot be in paid employment. 

 

Non Government Agencies

If you would like to foster through a non-government agency, please make direct contact with the agency. You can still attend an information session held by the Department and will still be required to go through a similar assessment process. 

 

Uniting Care West

Phone: 1300 663 298 (free call)
Email:
admin@unitingcarewest.org.au
Web:
www.unitingcarewest.org.au
Provides a range of services for children and young people, including those with disabilities.

 

Key Assets (state-wide)

Phone: (08) 9207 5900
Email:
info@keyassetswa.com.au
Web:
www.keyassets.com.au
Wide range of services, including emergency, respite and medium-long term care, for people aged 0 to 17 years.

 

Life Without Barriers (state-wide)

Phone: (08) 9208 3400
Email:
info@lwb.org.au
Web:
www.lwb.org.au
Wide range of services for children aged 0 to 17, including placements for children with disabilities and in crisis.

 

Mercy Family & Community Services

Phone: (08) 9442 3444
Email:
fosteringservices@mercycare.com.au
Web:
www.mercycare.com.au
Wide range of services, including respite and medium-long term care, for people aged 0 to 17 years.

 

Parkerville Children & Youth Care

Phone: (08) 9290 1200
Email:
admin@parkerville.org.au
Web:
www.parkerville.org.au
Medium to long-term care for children aged 0 to 17.

 

Wanslea Family Services

Phone: (08) 9245 2441
Email:
support@wanslea.asn.au
Web: www.wanslea.asn.au
Wide range of services, including emergency, respite and medium-long term care, for young people aged 0 to 17 years. Also provides an intensive program for children requiring specialised care.

 

Yorganop Association Inc

Phone: (08) 9321 9090
Email:
admin@yorganop.org.au
Web:
www.yorganop.org.au
An Aboriginal agency providing a wide range of services, including emergency, respite and medium-long term care for Aboriginal children aged 0 to 17 years.

 

Foundations Care

Phone: (08) 6220 1300
Email:
adminwa@foundcare.org.au
Web:
www.foundcarekids.org.au 
Provides safe, out-of-home placements for children and young people.

 

MacKillop Family Services

Phone: (08) 6477 1000
Email:
wa@mackillop.org.au 
Web: www.mackillop.org.au 
Wide range of services, including emergency, respite and medium-long term care, for people aged 0 to 17 years.

 

Lifestyle Solutions

Phone: (08) 6254 5800
Email:
perth@lifestylesolutions.org.au
Web: www.lifestylesolutions.org.au 
Wide range of services for children aged 0 to 17, including specialised care.

 

Accordwest

Phone: 1800 115 799 (Free call)
Email:
info@accordwest.com.au
Web:
www.accordwest.com.au 
Wide range of services for children aged 0 to 17, including specialised care.

 

Foster Care Association of WA

Phone: (08) 9242 4222 or 1800 641 911 (free call)
Email:
admin@fcawa.com.au
Web:
www.fcawa.com.au
Represents and supports foster carers.

 

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