The main role of a foster carer is to provide a safe, secure and happy home for a child who needs it.

There are some key responsibilities as well.

As a foster carer you will need to:

  • Make sure the child has a healthy lifestyle, attends school and receives any educational or medical support they need;
  • Establish a routine and set boundaries for behaviour;
  • Enable the child to maintain contact with their family;
  • Help the child build healthy relationships with others;
  • Speak up on the child's behalf to make sure they receive the care and support they are entitled to;
  • Work as part of a team with other care professionals; and
  • Keep written records about the child.

You can  read more in our guide to fostering (pdf / 6 MB).