Being a foster or kinship carer is a challenging role with certain stresses and pressures. Research shows that carers who feel supported:
- achieve better outcomes for children and young people in their care
- continue in their role as carers for longer periods of time
- are less likely to experience 'burnout'.
Support for carers includes:
- Foster and Kinship Carer handbook
- Carer information sheets
- Foster and kinship carer support line
- Foster and Kinship Carer Card
- Financial support
- Respite care
- Support groups
It is important to build a network of people around you who can provide both formal and informal support.
Formal support is provided by people or organisations with a formal responsibility to help and support carers. Our department and other non-government foster and kinship care services are the main providers of formal support available to carers. These supports may include:
- access to local support groups
- crisis response
- financial support
- home visits
- information about your role and how we can help you
- support placements
- telephone calls
Informal support is provided in the form of social support which enables carers to feel cared about and access emotional support. Informal support comes from:
- community groups
- family and friends
- other carers.
Building a support network helps carers to manage the challenges of providing care. For further information about support groups in your local area, contact your local child safety service centre or community foster care agency.
Carers can also seek assistance from Foster Care Queensland (FCQ), a community organisation open to all foster and kinship carers. FCQ is committed to informing, supporting, representing and advocating for carers and the children in their care.