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Caring for Children in Need

Every night in Gippsland there are hundreds of children in need of a safe home.

A disproportionate number of these children are Aboriginal.

At GEGAC, we are driven by the belief that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children should have a safe, supportive and culturally appropriate home.

Ideally this should be with the child’s mother, father, or close relatives.

However, it is not a perfect world, and we know this is not always possible.

Our Out-of-Home Care team operates a number of programs that strive to provide safe, supportive and culturally appropriate homes for children that need shelter, including supporting family members to become carers, and training and supporting both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal foster carers.

We acknowledge that colonisation, dispossession, child removal and other discriminatory government policies of the past have resulted in significant intergenerational trauma, structural disadvantage and racism with long-lasting and far-reaching consequences.

Which is why we work hard to support Aboriginal parents and families, find safe and supportive homes within their community whenever possible, and train all carers on how to help children stay connected to culture and community.

We support many Boorai from Gurnaikurnai Country, but we also know that many Aboriginal Boorai living on Gunaikurnai Country come from traditional lands all over Victoria, such as Yorta Yorta, Wadda Wurrung or Wurundjeri.

We work to ensure their cultural support is consistent with their Country’s traditions.

Could You Be a Carer?

What we need is simple: Responsible and compassionate adults that can provide a safe home for a child that needs one.

We provide full training and close support to would-be carers, and you’ll have a dedicated case-manager to help you every step of the way.

If this sounds like you, or if you’d just like to learn more about becoming a carer, reach out to us by filling in the form below.

One of our Out-of-Home Care team members will get back to you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a foster carer?

What matters most is that you can offer stability and support to a child or young person while they cannot live at home.

To be a foster carer you need to: 

  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Have a spare bedroom 
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (in some cases non-permanent residents can become foster carers for emergency and respite placements) 
  • Be able to pass relevant background checks

People from all backgrounds and walks of life are encouraged to apply to become foster carers.

Do I have to be Aboriginal to foster an Aboriginal child?

Whilst the best outcome is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to remain in the care of their community, sometimes this is not always possible.

Foster carers from all cultural backgrounds who can create a culturally safe and supportive environment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children are encouraged to apply.  

Ready to take the next step? 

If you’re eligible and ready to apply to become a foster carer or want to learn more about the process, give us a call GEGAC’s Out-of-Home Care team on 5150 0712, or use our online form, above.