What is respite foster care?
Respite foster care is a part of our foster care program. Caring for a child one weekend every month (or more during school holidays), respite foster care provides a foster child with additional positive relationships and experiences, plus allows their foster families a little break.
Respite care is a great way to get started on your fostering journey and to see if fostering is right for you. You still get the opportunity to help children in need without committing to the full time aspect of other types of foster care.
Support for respite foster carers
Undergo foster care training
24/7 on-call support
Access to foster care payments
Ongoing learning & events
Why is respite care needed?
Respite foster carers support both the children and their foster parents. Children benefit from having another supportive adult relationship who can act as a role model in their lives. You’re also invaluable to foster carers who may benefit from having a weekend break to rest and recharge.
“As respite foster carers we’re there to basically give their main foster carers a break for the weekend and allow that young person a bit of fun time and change of scenery.”
– Rory & Dan, Barnardos respite foster carers
"It's a very rewarding experience, and once this little person comes into your life you will never look back" - Dan
Meet Rory and Dan - Respite carers
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Interested in becoming a respite foster carer?
Register your interest and we will contact you to make sure you get you all the foster care information you need.