What to expect when a foster care placement begins; a short guide


If you’ve just become a foster parent and you’re waiting for your foster child to arrive, here are a few things to make sure you have sorted before they arrive.

From your caseworker, you should have all the information you may need about the child, their story, their length of stay, and any training or support options available to you. This information will also include a confirmation of placement, a copy of the child’s case plan, a copy of the final court orders for the child or information about the status of any court proceedings and all other relevant reports.

The child will have with them some information about your home and family, your household routines and rules and any important contact numbers. They may have some personal items as well, but just in case they aren’t prepared, you can make sure they have a toothbrush, pyjamas, a night light and some age-appropriate toys and books.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au


To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.




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