Support for Foster Carers
We want Foster Carers to feel supported and confident in this important role. Foster Carers are a key part of our care team. We support Foster Carers with:
Debriefings and access to 24/7 support. LWB provides each carer with on-call support 24 hours a day seven days a week. This service is used for duty of care issues or at times of a critical incident\ or stressful situation. A support person will be available to speak with you and guide you through any challenges that you may face, and will come out to support you if times of crisis occur.
Care Team. Foster Carers are an integral part of the Care Team. The Care Team varies depending on the needs of the child and State or Territory where we provide Foster Care services. The Care Team may be made up of a: the Child or Young Person (if they are old enough to participate), the child’s parent(s) or family members, Primary and Respite Carers, Case Manager or Care Coordinator, Carer Support Role, Management, Clinicians and other Professionals.
Clinical Support. In situations where Foster Carers need further supports, a clinician may be involved. This person is usually a Psychologist, but not always, they may be a Nursing specialist, Physio, OT, Speech Therapist and so forth. Our Clinicians work with the Care Team to develop Behaviour Management Plans and Interventions, as well as training and development of Foster Carers and the Care Team.
Reimbursement. Foster Carers receive financial support to meet the costs of caring. The Foster Carer reimbursement varies depending on the State or Territory you reside, the needs level of the child and the number of children in the family group.
Specific information on reimbursements can be found at:
Learning & Development (L&D). Our Foster Carer Learning and Development programs provide Foster Carers with a range of learning modules suited to their level of experience as a Foster Carer. The L&D programs are to equip Carers with the knowledge necessary to meet the needs of the children and young people referred to Life Without Barriers for placement. Life Without Barriers is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering fosters carers access to accredited training.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Independent professional qualified counsellors are available to help you clarify any concerns or problems. Counsellors are available to explore options available to you and access further assistance if necessary. Access to counselling services to assist with personal or life issues
Foster Carer Consultation. Life Without Barriers believes that our Foster Carers hold a unique position in our service delivery model to provide us with valuable insights into the quality of our services from their perspective. We have a tiered system of forums that give opportunities for Foster Carers to participate in service development and review, piloting of projects and to represent Foster Carers views to the leadership of the organisation. Every region where we provide foster care services has a Foster Carer Consultation Group (CCG). The group meets every few months to work through issues pertinent to their region and broader concepts relevant to the whole of LWB.
National Carer Consultation Group (NCCG). Our NCCG has been in operation since 2009, and comes together quarterly (in person) and monthly via telelink to meet with Senior Management, Executives and Board Members of Life Without Barriers. The NCCG consists of 10-12 Foster Carers from across LWB, with representation from jurisdictions in which we provide foster care services
Corporate Health Plan. Life Without Barriers has a corporate health plan with NIB, providing Foster Carers with the opportunity to save on private health insurance. The corporate health plan provides Life Without Barriers staff and Foster Carers with access to an exclusive corporate discount on NIB’s range of health insurance, along with other benefits
Respite. Our respite services are designed to meet the needs of children and young people in care while giving Foster Carers or families planned, short-term breaks in order to support and maintain the primary care-giving relationship. Respite is arranged and negotiated on a case by case basis and is often related to the child’s needs. Our services provide for a range of flexible respite alternatives including in-home, centre-based, host family, supported holidays and community options. They provide children and young people with the opportunity to build their support network and develop connections with the community, and include learning and skill development.
Support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Foster Carers. Potential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foster Carers have an opportunity to be supported by State Leads, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Initiatives, as well as the National Manager, Reconciliation. Foster Carers will also be supported through all aspects of their application and probity checks by professional staff with appropriate cultural knowledge and an understanding of culturally appropriate community engagement protocols.
For further details on the commitment of Life Without Barriers towards the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please visit our Reconciliation website page here