The first step to becoming a foster family is understanding the role of fostering.
By reading these pages you will learn the answers to some important questions about foster care. You may, however, have other questions so we invite you to attend one of our information sessions that are held regularly in the metropolitan area. If you live in the country contact your local Department of Communities or Fostering Services – see contact details below. At the information sessions, you will learn more about foster care and have a chance to meet foster parents. At the end of the information session, you will be in a better position to decide whether you and your family wish to proceed with fostering.
You will then need to complete an application form and some information sheets. The information you provide will help the Department of Communities assess as to which placement would best suit your family and benefit the child/children in your care.
The Department of Communities will ask for your permission to conduct screening checks.
An assessor will visit your home a number of times to assess whether you can offer safe care for children.
Prior to being registered as a carer you will be required to complete the mandatory Preparation Training.
All information is confidential.
For further information contact:
(08) 9286 5200
1800 024 453 (Freecall)
Click a link below to download PDF versions of the Foster Care Association’s Charter of Rights, The Department of Communities Care Team Approach Framework and a resource developed by Kinship Connections.
- Charter of Rights
- Care Team Approach Framework
- Foster Their Culture Caring for Aboriginal Children in Care
The Foster Care Handbook
The Foster Care Handbook for Foster Families has been developed in consultation with the Department of Communities. The Foster Care Association of Western Australia provides the information in this publication in good faith. The information is not legal advice and is provided on the basis that neither the association nor the Department can be held liable for the misinterpretation of information provided. The handbook was updated in September 2017.
Click the Link below for the Department of Communities Financial Support Information – General Foster Carer Subsidy.
The Department of Communities has a complaints process for all foster families. The Complaints Management Unit oversees all complaints about the Department. The link below provides the information in relation to this and the steps you need to take.