What do Foster Carers Do?

Because all children are different, foster carers provide care in many different ways. Some things foster carers do, however, will always stay the same:

  • Foster carers help children and young people who have suffered abuse or trauma to feel safe and supported.
  • Foster carers help children and young people in care maintain positive relationships with their families.
  • Foster carers make sure children and young people have their physical needs met by providing good food, warm clothes and a clean and safe home.
  • Foster carers help children and young people get treatment for any health issues.
  • Foster carers help children and young people achieve a great education.
  • Foster carers help children and young people feel valued, respected and listened to as individuals.
  • Foster carers help children and young people behave and communicate positively.
  • Foster carers help children and young people grow and mature and learn to take care of themselves.
  • Foster carers work in partnership with Child Safety Services to create plans for care with children and young people and their families.
  • Foster carers provide care for children and young people for periods from 1 night up to 18 years depending on their availability and circumstances.

You can get more information about what foster carers do by contacting the Child Safety Services on the number on the side of the screen or by contacting the Foster Carers Association of Tasmania.

The Department of Health and Human Services has created some information sheets which you may find helpful in understanding the need for foster care and the rights of children and young people in care, their families and foster carers: