Foster Care

Our dedicated team of Therapeutic and Respite Foster Carers provide a safe, loving and nurturing home for children and young people facing some of the biggest challenges in their young lives.

Most children and young people who enter care at Parkerville Children and Youth Care are initially placed into a residential facility with up to four children. Sometimes special purpose houses are set up to cater for the individual needs of different children or sibling groups.

Children and young people who live in residential placements are cared for by professional carers who are highly trained and supported to enable them to provide healing and nurturing living environments. The objective of the residential placement is to provide a therapeutic and intensive environment in which children and young people can develop and heal from their previous abuse with the expert attention of a multidisciplinary team of professionals.

Following a comprehensive assessment undertaken by the Department of Communities Child Protection teams, children and young people can be offered a number of care options – they can be returned to their biological families with support, transitioned to a long-term placement known as Therapeutic Foster Care; or placed in our therapeutic family group homes or cottages in the community.

Foster Carer Opportunities

We are currently looking for a Foster Carer who can provide support and care for a 14 year old. To learn more about this thoughtful teenager and to express your interest in becoming their Foster Carer, please complete this form.

Becoming a Foster Carer

Our dedicated team of Therapeutic and Respite Foster Carers provide a safe, loving and nurturing home for children and young people facing some of the biggest challenges in their young lives. At Parkerville Children and Youth Care, we are always on the lookout for people to become carers and help reshape the future for children in WA.

About Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Carers at Parkerville provide a long term, loving and supportive environment for children and young people within their own homes. The family setting provides a stable long-term placement for the child until they are ready to leave care, at the age of 18 years. Our carers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and cultures, and provide love and support for those in their care.

After an initial interview, potential carers are given information about the role and the assessment process. This evaluation determines where a person is suitable to become a Foster Carer.

The process to become a registered Foster Carer can take from three to six months. Therapeutic Foster Carers are then carefully matched with children to ensure the best possible likelihood of a successful placement.

Types of Foster Care

At Parkerville Children and Youth Care, we have two types of Foster Carers.

It may seem daunting when deciding whether to become a Foster Carer or not, but it is a role that positively impacts the lives of children and young people, broadening their opportunities, providing them with love, stability and a family to call their own.

Support for Foster Carers

When you become a Foster Carer with Parkerville Children and Youth Care you can rest assured that you will not be alone. Our team of specialists are with you every step of the way and our dedicated support teams are here to help you with every challenge and celebrate every achievement.

As the child remains under the care of Parkerville Children and Youth Care, we will work together to improve the outcomes for some of Western Australia’s most vulnerable children and young people.

To express your interest in becoming a Foster Carer or to have any questions answered, please email fostercare@parkerville.org.au.