Being a foster or kinship carer is a challenging role with certain stresses and pressures. Research shows that carers who feel supported:
Support for carers includes:
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:
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:
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.