Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s what you need to know about fostering with Yorganop
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.
Having a criminal conviction will not automatically prevent you from becoming a foster carer. However, certain convictions would exclude you from fostering if they meant that you were unable to provide safe care to a child.
You will receive a foster care subsidy which reimburses you for the cost of providing accommodation and food for a child in your care. Yorganop can also help you with some extra expenses that you may incur while caring for a foster child (pre-approval is required for this financial support).
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.”
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.