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What is Foster Care?

Foster care is provided by volunteers in their own home for children and young people who need to live away from their families on a temporary or long term basis.  This can be days, weeks, months or even years.

Foster carers give a child another experience of life where they can feel safe and nurtured while their own family is receiving support to improve their life circumstances. In most cases the main aim of foster care is to reunite children with their own families.

Different types of carers needed:

  • Respite care -   one or 2 weekend/month and usually planned either to support existing foster care placements or families in the community.
  • Emergency care - from 1 night up to 1 month and usually can occur on weekends.
  • Short term care – from 1 month up to 1 year
  • Long term care-  from 1 year plus

Carers can choose type of care and the age of children and young people that suits them and their family.

Brophy ensures that all foster carers receive comprehensive training and ongoing support & supervision to best equip them to alleviate any concerns they may have.

By providing a safe, stable and nurturing home environment to a child or young person who is not able to live with their family you can help them achieve a brighter future.

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