Becoming a Yorganop Carer

Becoming a Yorganop Foster Carer

Beginning your journey as a foster carer

A lot of people think that you need to be a ‘perfect’ family to foster. The truth is, there is no ideal standard you must meet in order to provide a child with loving care. At Yorganop, we are looking for people who can care for our Aboriginal koolangah (kids), particularly in the important role of keeping them connected to family, culture, and Country.

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What is
foster care?

Fostering is a rewarding and fulfilling experience and an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. As a foster carer you will be providing a safe, caring environment to children and young people in the care of the CEO of the Department of Child Protection who are unable to live with their parents.

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Why foster
with Yorganop?

Yorganop works alongside Aboriginal families and community members to enhance the well-being of Aboriginal children and young people to ensure safe and nurturing environments are provided for all Indigenous children and young people to grow strong in themselves and in their culture.

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How to become a
foster carer?

Our community of carers includes people from all walks of life:  single-parent families, same-sex couples, childless couples. As long as you have room in your heart and home, you have what it takes to change a child’s life – we’ll help with everything else, from training and practical assistance to financial support.

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We offer an assessments process to potential foster carers. This process is designed to give you all the information you need so that you can make a clear choice of whether Yorganop is the right fit for you.

This is what the process looks like

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Most asked questions

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As a foster carer, you are expected to work together with all the people involved in a child’s life, including the Department of Communities, Yorganop, health professionals, and anyone else involved in a child’s life. This is to make sure that we all work together to support the needs of the child and give them the best possible outcomes. You will need to be available for home visits from Communities and Yorganop staff, and attend relevant meetings.

Yorganop walks alongside you in your journey as a foster carer, and you will be well-supported by the organisation. You will have a Yorganop case manager to support you with the children in your care, along with a placement support officer who will also help you in your journey in becoming a carer. You will have access to training opportunities that you will need to participate in as part of your ongoing registration as a foster carer.

“The bottom line is that you won’t be alone, Yorganop will walk alongside you on this journey.”

It means that the child in care is reconnected with their birth family. When the possibility of reunification has been identified, steps are taken to reconnect the family and the child. We work within the care team to locate extended family members as potential carers, and support sibling contact across different placements and agencies.

Every child has the right to know who they are and where they fit within their family and community, reunification ensures this sense of belonging. A feature of strength in effecting Yorganop’s reunification strategy is our Aboriginal community knowledge, which supports children to return to family and community as quickly as possible.

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