Out of Home Care

 

Do you believe in a better future? Do you have love to give and knowledge to share? Caring for a child is the most rewarding gift you can give. Open your heart and your home to change a life.

 

All children deserve a safe and loving home. That’s why we became an accredited provider of Out of Home Care, to support the children who are in foster care to maintain their cultural identity, connection to family and thrive in their environment.

 

What types of foster care do we provide?

Our team work to find foster carers who can support our children and young people in a variety of care arrangements. These include:

Respite
A respite placement is considered to be between two to 28 days.

Short Term
A placement may be required for any length of time, from one month up to two years. This type of placement is generally dependant on the court system and whether restoration to birth family or kinship placement is an order.

Long Term
A long term placement is required when Department of Communities & Justice have assessed all family options and believe it is in the child’s best interest to remain in care up until the age of 18. Should the parents wish to demonstrate they have the capacity to begin caring for the child again, they can take the matter to court at any stage throughout the long-term order.

Kinship
Kinship is when a child has family members who are willing to take on full-time care.

How do we support our network of foster carers?

Dedicated Caseworker

All Winanga-Li carers will be assigned a caseworker to offer you support and guidance on any given placement. In addition, they’ll visit you a minimum of once a month to ensure the child’s needs are met while in your care, as well as supporting you in your important role as a carer.

Training

Winanga-Li ensures that its carers have the opportunity to participate in ongoing training programs. We facilitate a number of in-house training programs, specifically Behaviour Management and Life Story Work Scrapbooking. In addition, we also support all training opportunities provided by Connecting Carers who facilitate training sessions all over NSW.

Assistance with Expenses

We want children to thrive in their environment. Children deserve every opportunity to participate in sport, education and social activities. To facilitate these opportunities, carers are provided with financial assistance to meet the expenses of caring for children. 

Do Winanga-Li foster carers need to be Aboriginal?

Our goal is always to keep Aboriginal children connected to culture and country. We encourage non-Aboriginal carers with a committment to supporting children to maintain a strong Aboriginal identity. Winanga-Li supports children’s cultural engagement through:

  • our team of Aboriginal Case Managers
  • Culture Camps and cultural education
  • providing Gamilaraay language resources
  • linking children with age appropriate Winanga-Li activities and programs
  • facilitating family contact
  • providing training to non-Aboriginal carers about culturally informed care

We welcome carers from diverse backgrounds, and are always happy to share our knowledge to build cultural inclusion. 

How do you become a foster carer?

Speak with one of our Out of Home Care team members and they will guide you through the process.

To ensure the safety of the children in our care, we ask potential foster carers to demonstrate that they can provide a safe and stable home. It is also important for you to be sure that you are ready to bring a child into your family. If you have never fostered before, it might be best to start with respite care or short-term care before considering a long-term placement.

There are some things to consider before becoming a carer, these include:

  • Discuss becoming a carer with other members of your household
  • Complete a Working with Children Check
  • Complete a National Police Check (don’t worry about an old speeding ticket or that silly mistake you made when you were young, we are only worried about offences which indicate a child may not be safe in your home)
  • Think about how suitable your home is. Is there room for a child? Do you plan to move in the near future? Is your yard safe?
  • Think about your ability and expectations. Do you have the energy for a toddler? The patience for a teenager?

Our Out Of Home Care team are here to help you every step of the way! They are happy to answer any questions and provide more information about taking the next step towards becoming a foster carer. You can call us directly on 6743 0944 or just complete the form below and a team member will be in touch soon.

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Image by Jason A. Passfield

The Bora Ring (meeting place) represents Winanga-Li, with the lines that stem from the Bora Ring reaching out to the surrounding region in which Winanga-Li dedicates it’s time to helping the community.

The people that are sitting around the Bora Ring are the children, parents, community members and workers of Winanga-Li who create outcomes for all to benefit.

The hand and footprints represent the children that come into Winanga-Li, which reminds us that these lives are so precious to our families and community. 

The coloured lines around the Bora Ring are part of the close weave of the Gamilaroi/Gomeroi culture, showing the strong connection to the land, water and family bloodlines. This is represented by the intricate line and circle design work representing strong Gamilaroi/Gomeroi cultural strengths from family clans and communities of the greater and wider Gamilaroi/Gomeroi nation.