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Children and families

Fostering young adults

Find out what it's like to foster young adults.

Older male foster child wearing earphones

It's not just children who need fostered. We also need foster carers for young adults age 16-21 years. This is called supported care.

Supported caring is similar to fostering, providing a supportive family environment, stability and support to young people as they move towards independence.

What do supported carers do?

  • help young people develop practical skills needed to run a home such as cooking, budgeting and cleaning
  • encourage them to build a healthy productive routine and sustain work, training or education placements
  • listen and provide emotional support when needed
  • support young people to develop a positive social network and lead an active, fulfilling life
  • have a non-judgemental attitude and respect the young person's right to privacy, dignity and freedom of choice

Fostering teens: a unique and rewarding role

Two of our carers share their experiences of fostering teens.

Contact the fostering team

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