• Be part of an innovative and exciting agency
  • Receive a generous monthly, tax-free carer reimbursement and ongoing support from our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate Case Workers
  • Enhance your skills through ongoing training and learning opportunities
  • Play a pivotal and rewarding role in the day to day lives of children in care

Fostering at UnitingCare West

UCW’s Futures Foster Care service offers the opportunity for foster carers to play a valuable role in helping children and young people with a disability and / or previous experiences of abuse and neglect to fulfil their potential. The service operates on the belief that the needs of all children and young people are best met in a safe, secure, consistent and nurturing family environment.

We are looking for people who have empathy and compassion, who are passionate and resilient and who are able to make a long term commitment to nurture children and support their growth and development.

About the Role

Foster carers need to meet the many simple and complex needs of a child or young person, such as:

  • Provision of safe, reliable and consistent care to meet the emotional, social, educational and physical needs of the child in their care.
  • Provision of physical care that may include feeding, toileting, bathing, and dressing.
  • Implementing therapy programs such as communication, mobility and independent living skills.
  • Assisting to meet the child’s health needs including monitoring medical needs attending appointments, administration of medication. The use of disability aids and medical equipment is also frequently required.
  • Supporting the child to maintain a connection with their family and cultural identity.
  • Contribute to planning for the child’s future.
  • Working in partnership with everyone involved in the child’s life.  

Are YOU ready to become a foster carer with UnitingCare West?

For more information, contact the Futures Foster Care service now on 08 6279 1800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Note: you must have at least one spare room and be willing to undergo criminal and DCPFS screening checks.  It is also essential to have a current WA C class driver's licence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

UnitingCare West is committed to providing a nurturing environment where all children feel safe, valued and heard.

  • Are you energetic, motivated, enthusiastic and empathetic?
  • Do you have experience providing support for children/young people in residential care?
  • Competitive salary, salary packaging, specialist training and support provided

UnitingCare West is committed to achieving justice, hope and opportunity for all, and works with people and communities so those most in need can belong and thrive.  It is a not-for-profit community services organisation and part of the mission of the Uniting Church in Australia and UnitingCare national network.

Your new job will be to improve the lives of vulnerable children who have experienced complex trauma.  You will support your team to deliver high quality, therapeutic and child focussed services.

In this role you will:

  • Live with up to four children for a seven day period in a fully furnished house, payment of utilities, private bedroom and bathroom, and have use of a fully maintained vehicle.
  • With assistance provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, you will be responsible for the day to day care and supervision of the children and provide a supportive and healing environment for the children in your care.
  • Undertake specialist training and be supported by program staff so you can be confident and effective in your role.

Like many jobs in this sector, success will be driven by personal attributes rather than a job description. So, to really make a difference you will need to be:

  • Resilient
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Innovative
  • Adaptable
  • Committed
  • Energetic
  • Grounded, connected and real.

Ideally you will possess the following; 

  • Experience working with children and young people in out of home care programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, guidance, respect and patience at all times.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision.
  • An understanding of the theories and practices relating to child development, trauma and attachment and a demonstrated ability to apply these in complex situations.
  • Ability to work as part of team, contribute to and follow plans and routines that support children and young people in out of home care to heal and thrive.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach and negotiate complex and, sometimes conflicted situations, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the impact of childhood trauma.
  • Certificate IV or higher in children studies/youth work or currently studying in a related discipline.

You must have or be able to obtain a current National Police Clearance, Provide First Aid Certificate and have a current C class driver’s licence for this position.

Initial enquiries may be directed to Kieran Darcy, Team Leader, 08 9239 0999.

The position description is available here.

Please apply through SEEK including a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position (no more than 2 pages) and a current CV by 5.00pm, 21 January 2019.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

UnitingCare West is committed to providing a nurturing environment where all children feel safe, valued and heard.

  • Energetic, motivated, enthusiastic and empathetic in supporting children
  • Casual positions in the Perth metropolitan area
  • Generous hourly rate

UnitingCare West is committed to achieving justice, hope and opportunity for all, and works with people and communities so those most in need can belong and thrive.  It is a not-for-profit community services organisation and part of the mission of the Uniting Church in Australia and UnitingCare national network.

Your new job will be to improve the lives of vulnerable children who have experienced complex trauma.  You will support your team to deliver high quality, therapeutic and child focussed services.

In this role you will:

  • Be required to live in the family group home while the Primary Carers are on their scheduled respite and for additional days during annual leave and sick leave periods.
  • Work in a residential setting and play a pivotal role in the day to day lives of the children by providing support and care.
  • Maintain a positive, homely environment.
  • Enjoy a fully furnished house, payment of utilities, private bedroom and bathroom, and the use of a fully maintained vehicle.
  • Undertake specialist training and are supported by program staff so you can be confident and effective in your role.
  • Work with and be part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Like many jobs in this sector, success will be driven by personal attributes rather than a job description. So, to really make a difference you will need to be:

  • Resilient
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Innovative
  • Adaptable
  • Committed
  • Energetic
  • Grounded, connected and real.

Ideally you will possess the following;

  • Experience working with children and young people in out of home care programs.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, guidance, respect and patience at all times.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision.
  • An understanding of the theories and practices relating to child development, trauma and attachment
  • Ability to work as part of team, contribute to and, follow plans and routines that support children and young people in out of home care to heal and thrive.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach and negotiate complex and, sometimes conflicted situations, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the impact of childhood trauma.
  • Certificate IV or higher in children studies/youth work or currently studying in a related discipline.

You must have or be able to obtain a current National Police Clearance and have a current C class driver’s licence for this position.

Initial enquiries may be directed to Kieran Darcy, Team Leader, 08 9239 0999.

The position description is available here.

Please apply through SEEK including a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position (no more than 2 pages) and a current CV by 5.00pm, 21 January 2019.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

UnitingCare West is committed to providing a nurturing environment where all children feel safe, valued and heard.

Have a look at some of the varied roles and career paths you can have at UnitingCare West here

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