Guest terjo

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    Guest terjo

    Hi everyone,

    Im really curious. Im a foster carer, and i was wandering if anyone else is a foster carer in oz, as i really love my job and i would like to continue to do it when i get there. Is it the same as caring over here and what are the differences.

    I know obviously i would need to go through the basic training again and checks, but does anyone have any suggestions.

    I have done my NVQ3, and i am up to date with my CWDC folder and it is is complete and signed off. Would anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Terjo

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    Guest Zippy

    Generally foster caring would not be considered a "job" (career wise) in Adelaide. The pay is minimal, just enough to cover basic costs, and there are insignificant (if any) tax benefits.

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    Guest terjo

    Thank you for that. Maybe i will look out for another career where i can work with children. I do love my job, so i couldnt give it up completely. If we can get the OH a decent job i can keep doing it.

    Thanks again

    Teresa

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    Guest Zippy

    Yeah no worries, you're probably better looking into something like child care or after school hours care, as these are areas where staff is in demand ... shortages of people. Or if unqualified then perhaps somethign more like nannying.

     

    Cheers!

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    Guest Roo1

    This is something I've looked into in the past and am wanting to find out more now my circumstances have changed.

     

    Have a look at these website http://www.anglicare.asn.au/southaustralia.htm

     

     

    http://www.familiesandcommunities.sa.gov.au/Default.aspx?tabid=633

     

     

    I admire you for what you've done for needy children. There should be more people like you in the world.

     

    Judi x

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    This is something I've looked into in the past and am wanting to find out more now my circumstances have changed.

     

    Have a look at these website http://www.anglicare.asn.au/southaustralia.htm

     

     

    http://www.familiesandcommunities.sa.gov.au/Default.aspx?tabid=633

     

     

    I admire you for what you've done for needy children. There should be more people like you in the world.

     

    Judi x

    Thank you for that, i really appreciate it. And if its any consilation its addictive, when you help these kids you cant stop. No matter what the little whats its get up to. Its not easy. But when you get into it you cant seem to get out.

    There are so many kids out there that need help so if you do fancy lots of hard work with very little reward. Go for it like you say theres not many people that can do it. If you do do it and want some advice please let me know.

    Teresa

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    I admire you for what you've done for needy children. There should be more people like you in the world.

     

    Judi x

     

    I have to agree, I know a few foster carer's here and admire them all. Probably because it's something I couldn't do -- I find it hard coping with my own 4 and never know from one day to the next if I am doing the right thing:arghh:

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    just as a thought does anyone know much about adoption in australia, do u have to be a citizen? We may look to this route for a sibling for alex one day :) (not sure i want to try ivf again)

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    Hi ozzieclare2be, sometimes the best way is to foster first as you can prove your competancies, and it can make it easier to adopt, as you are already surrounded by the right support networks that can help you, should you occur any problems. My friend adopted his foster child, he was only 3 months old when she got him.(he is now 15). But its also gives you an idea whether you can love someone elses child. My OH couldnt adopt as he was nervous of not being able to love someone elses child, yet hes great at fostering. We are all different. Just an idea.

    With fostering you get alot of help through different resourses should you need it, The company i work for specialise with children with behaviour difficulties. So we sometime need alot of help ie police, clubs, respite, and group support meetings where you can share experiences.

    We have alot of ups and downs but we live for fostering as we seen to have lost alot of friend as they cant deal with the behaviour. These are just ideas but it may help you think.

    Hope it helps.

    Teresa

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    Guest Nick11

    There are so many kids on the emergency foster scheme that families sa has given a lot of its work to nannies sa. It's very sad.

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    Hi ozzieclare2be, sometimes the best way is to foster first as you can prove your competancies, and it can make it easier to adopt, as you are already surrounded by the right support networks that can help you, should you occur any problems. My friend adopted his foster child, he was only 3 months old when she got him.(he is now 15). But its also gives you an idea whether you can love someone elses child. My OH couldnt adopt as he was nervous of not being able to love someone elses child, yet hes great at fostering. We are all different. Just an idea.

    With fostering you get alot of help through different resourses should you need it, The company i work for specialise with children with behaviour difficulties. So we sometime need alot of help ie police, clubs, respite, and group support meetings where you can share experiences.

    We have alot of ups and downs but we live for fostering as we seen to have lost alot of friend as they cant deal with the behaviour. These are just ideas but it may help you think.

    Hope it helps.

    Teresa

     

     

    to be honest im not sure i could foster, i wouldnt want the kids to go home again. Ive seen what my brother has been through with his foster kids who whes now in process of adopting and its difficult. Hats off to anyone who can, i have more than enough love to go round but would have to be selfsih and adopt as id want to be their parent fully.

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    Guest terjo

    What ever we do with children, if we do it to our best then we've all done well. Good luck with adopting I think you are really good even to consider.

    Teresa

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