Become a foster family with Uniting Communities.

When a child can’t stay with their birth family, our foster carers can provide a safe, stable and supportive home. Foster care is often both rewarding and challenging, and you can form strong bonds with a child as they become part of your family.

We provide care for children up to 18 years of age who live with an intellectual or physical disability or complex needs. They are under the Guardianship of the Minister, and it is best for their safety and development to live in foster care.





What is involved in being a foster carer?

Our foster carers are caring, empathetic people who provide long-term care or short-term respite care in metropolitan Adelaide.

Long-term care

A long-term carer provides care until the young person turns 18 years old. A strong bond and lifelong relationship can develop as they find stability within your family.

Respite foster care

Children already in long-term care may need a regular or occasional break from their daily routines. Providing respite foster care for one weekend a month, a week in school holidays or a one-off overnight stay can make a big difference to their lives.



Who can be a foster carer?

Foster carers don’t all look the same, and can come from all backgrounds and situations, or be different ages and sexualities.

Foster carers don’t have to already have children, be in a relationship or own a home. The most important attribute is that they are patient, understanding and flexible, and committed to providing care to young people.

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Why become a foster carer with Uniting Communities?

We can provide you with a range of support through the application process and in your foster caring role.

When you decide to apply to become a foster carer, we will support you through the application process, giving you the information and training you need to be successful. By getting to know you and your family, we can also work with you on the best types of foster care placement for you.

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What is the process for becoming a foster carer?

There are six steps in the application process to become a foster carer.

The process can take between four and six months. It includes health and medical checks by your GP, a housing safety check, a criminal record check, a ‘Working with Children’ check, and personal reference checks.

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Frequently asked questions

We have answered some of the more frequently asked questions here, and are available to answer any other questions you may have.

Please contact us on (08) 8202 5190 or via email at for more information.

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