Foster and relative/kinship care

Where it is considered appropriate and necessary for a child to be placed in out-of-home care, the two most common forms of home-based care are foster care and relative/kinship care.

Foster care: This is where you are authorised to care for a child or young person in your home, and can be reimbursed (unless you decline the offer of reimbursement) by your state or territory for the care of the child. There are varying degrees of reimbursement made to foster carers.

Relative/kinship care: This is where you may be a relative (other than a parent) of the child, a person considered to be family or a close friend of the child, or a member of the child or young person’s community (in accordance with their culture). You can be reimbursed (unless you decline the offer of reimbursement) by your state or territory for expenses incurred in caring for the child in your home.

Talk to the central authority in your state or territory for more specific information about how you may be able to assist with foster or relative/kinship care.