In Australia today, unfortunately there are thousands of children and young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to remain living with their own parents. Whether they have been victims of abuse, neglect or a tragic accident involving their parents, these children need safe and nurturing environments to help them find a path to a brighter future. This is often be provided by foster carers.
Fostering gives a child a home for as long as they need it but the aim is to reunite the child with their family as soon as that is a safe and secure option. Sometimes this is not possible, and the child stays in care until they are 18 years of age.