Out of Home Care & Foster Care
Samaritans provide foster care and out of home care in Newcastle and surrounds. Foster carers provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people who are not able to live with their family.
Some children and young people are in need of care for a few days, others for months and others stay in care with their foster family until they turn 18.
“We fostered a young man for ten years; there were lots of challenges but also lots of laughter and love. As a family we would not change that experience for the world – we all grew as people and this special young man will always be in our hearts as one of the family.” Long Term Foster Carer
We operate Out Of Home Care in:
- Central Coast
- Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
- Mid-North Coast
- Central Western NSW
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is providing a secure and safe home for children who can’t live at home. Children need foster care for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s because a parent is sick. Other times it could be because of serious abuse or neglect. Whatever the reason, these kids all need safe and caring environments for however long it takes to sort out the problems in their families.
Types of Foster Care
Emergency or crisis care– is needed when there are concerns for a child’s immediate safety. Emergency carers need to be able to provide care at short notice, after-hours and on weekends.
Respite care- is needed when parents and carers need a break. Respite carers help for short periods of time, such as school holidays, weekends or for short periods during the week. Respite care is usually planned and scheduled well in advance.
Short to medium-term care– lasts for up to six months and has a strong focus on reuniting the child with their birth parents or extended family.
Long-term or permanent care- is needed when the child is not expected to return to their family.
Relative or kinship care- is when a child or young person lives with a relative or someone they already know.
Who Can Become a Foster Carer?
Foster carers come from all walks of life, single, in a relationship, working, studying or retired – what they have in common is that they believe every child and young person deserves a loving supporting home and want to contribute to our community achieving this.
All our foster carers receive financial assistance, ongoing training and support is available 24/7.
Those who are already foster carers can move under the Samaritans umbrella after taking part in our short wokshop Sharing Stories, Sharing Lives. Please see below for the steps to take to get on board.
- Register Your Interest through the form below.
- We will send you an Information Pack
- Book an information session (session dates uploaded as they’re set)
Foster Care Resources
Caring for kids: a guide for foster, relative and kinship carers- An online resource with great information on day-to-day caring, supporting education, staying connected to culture, decision making, online safety, gender identity and the impact of trauma. It is fully searchable meaning you can find the answers to questions, and the support you need, quickly and easily. Click here to access Caring for Kids.