MercyCare Fostering Services was established in 1990 and works with, and for children and young people who are unable to live with their families and need care and support.
Our service aims to provide care and support to children and young people who are unable to live with their families due to circumstances which have caused harm, such as abuse and neglect, or due to circumstances whereby families are not able to raise children consistently and safely, such as family illness and loss.
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is recognised as just one type of care which is required for children and young people whose needs indicate that the best daily living arrangement is in a family-like setting where their day to day needs can be met.
Foster care means providing daily care in your own home for a child who is unable to live with their family. Foster parenting is provided by all types of people and family compositions - as long as a safe, caring, warm and nurturing living arrangement can be given.
What we do
MercyCare Fostering Services recruits, assesses and trains everyday people to become MercyCare foster parents. Once parents are ready to welcome a foster child, we work with both the child and foster family to ensure a suitable match for both. Each child and parent is provided with an individual MercyCare Case Worker who will support the placement, assist with development and provide advocacy.
Here at MercyCare Fostering Services, we believe our greatest asset is our foster parents. By providing a stable day to day living environment they become the nurturers, supporters, and primary facilitators of development for their child. Foster carers offer a strong family base, guidance, flexibility to respond to their child’s needs, advocacy and foundations for strong relationships.
Who are MercyCare Foster Carers?
We believe foster parents are ordinary people making extraordinary differences to our young people and an amazing contribution to our future.
- Ordinary people willing to share their lives and home with a child or young person.
- Committed to caring for children and providing them with a stable, supportive and nurturing home.
- Singles (male or female), couples or families.
- With or without their own children.
- Compassionate, flexible, consistent and resilient people.
- From all adult age groups.
- From culturally diverse backgrounds.
- From a variety of backgrounds.
- Living in the Perth metropolitan area.
- People who have a genuine empathy and respect for children.
- Able and willing to work as part of a team that may include family, schools, social workers, psychologists, health and other professionals.
- Willing to undertake training to enhance their own skills and to gain further understanding of children’s needs.
- People who understand that caring for children from another family will be different to caring for their own children.
- Willing to try new techniques in parenting and work from different models.
What types of care do we provide?
Short to medium-term care for children aged between 0 -18 years
Short to medium term care is generally provided for children and young people who require foster care until such time as more permanent arrangements are made for them. This type of care is generally provided when there is an assessment period required for a child, there is a short to medium term request for care and there are clear plans to see the child returned to family members. Generally, care is required for a period of 3 months to 18 months.
Medium to long-term care for children and young people aged between 0 -18 years
Medium to long term care is provided to children and young people who require, or are likely to require, a longer period of foster care while determinations surrounding their permanent living arrangements are undertaken. This type of care is generally required for periods ranging from 2 years to permanently living with our foster parents.
Respite care for MercyCare foster parents
We recognise that foster parenting requires care and support of a team. Our respite care program is provided to our foster parents who are able to have short breaks when required. This may be for illness, travel, and additional support in the role of parenting a child.