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Welcome to Foster Carers

Children and Youth Services


PHONE 1800 REAL CARERS (1800 732 522)

What is a foster carer?

A foster carer gives care and support to children and young people who cannot stay with their family.

How does foster caring work?

A foster carer welcomes children and young people into their own home - usually for a few days, up to a few months. Some foster carers take on long-term care while others provide respite care, which gives a break to a child's regular carer.

Will I make a good foster carer?

To be a good foster carer you will need to be:

  • flexible and resilient
  • a person with good communication skills
  • committed to supporting children who may be afraid or traumatised
  • able to work positively with the team from Disability, Child, Youth and Family Services (DCYFS) to achieve agreed goals for a child or young person.

How will I be supported as a foster carer?

Foster carers receive a non-taxable, regular payment to reimburse them for costs associated with their caring role. Carers also receive appropriate training and can access after hours emergency advice and assistance.

Foster carers are a vital part of the Tasmanian community.

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