Foster care

We need foster carers like you

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Could you provide a safe and supportive home for a child or young person in need? Do you have time, energy and, above all, a passion for giving young people a brighter future? Foster care might be for you.

Wesley operates foster care services in Melbourne’s Southern and Eastern regions. We’re always looking for new carers to ensure children and young people receive the protection, care and time they need, helping them grow in a safe and supportive environment.

We recognise and appreciate just how important the role of being a foster carer is and we’re there to support you every step of the way. We provide around-the-clock support along with specialised training to help you provide the best possible care to children and young people in need.

Read on to find out more about fostering with Wesley. You can also fill out our foster care enquiry form, and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon.

You could be a foster carer

Foster carers come from all walks of life! Carers can be single or married, with or without children, of any sexual orientation and religion.

Being a foster carer is an immensely rewarding role, and sometimes challenging too. You’ll need empathy, compassion, flexibility and the ability to work as part of a team. You also need to be financially stable. A passion to care for vulnerable children and young people is essential too.

You can choose the age group of children or young people in your care, as well as the length of care you can provide.

Often the biggest reward is making a real and lasting difference to the life of a child or young person. As a foster carer, you become the most important member of a caring team providing support for a child or young person in need.

Learn more about what it’s like to be a foster carer through the eyes of Wesley carers Maree and Gary, Graeme and Anthony, and Andrew.

Types of care

We need foster carers who can provide:

  • Emergency/overnight care, which provides accommodation and care for a child or young person in an emergency situation
  • Weekend respite, looking after children and young people living with a foster care family for occasional or regularly scheduled weekends
  • Short-term care, which ranges from a few days to a few months, depending on the child or young person’s needs, and
  • Long-term care, when the child or young person is not expected to return to their family.

The first step is getting in touch

We’d love to talk to you about fostering with Wesley, and the steps to becoming a foster carer. We can answer all of your questions and help you make an informed decision about taking the next step.

You can fill out our foster care enquiry form, or call (03) 9794 3000 to speak with a member of our foster care team.

You can also find out more by reading our frequently asked questions.

 

Fostering-Connections_CMYKWesley is proud to be part of Fostering Connections, which brings together Victoria’s foster care agencies to raise awareness about foster care and make it easier to find out about becoming a carer.

 

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