We welcome foster care enquiries from all walks of life.
Lutheran Community Care supports a number of same-sex and LGBTQI foster families in our carer community. Each LGBTQI foster family is providing care and nurture to vulnerable children and young people and making an incredible, lifelong difference in their lives.
In addition to recruiting LGBTQI foster carers, we attend South Australia's annual Feast Festival Picnic in the Park to help raise awareness and promote the message that LGBTQI and same-sex families can become and are great foster carers.
Can I foster if I'm single?
Yes! Lutheran Community Care actively supports many foster carers who are single or are the sole resident of the home. Single foster carers can make great foster parents regardless of their sexual orientation.
Couples can also foster. Couples can be married or in de facto relationships.
Can I foster if I'm in a same-sex relationship?
Absolutely! We proudly journey alongside and support many same-sex foster families who are each providing exceptional care to the children and young people in their care.
We have the normal challenges that all families have, but we feel our relationship has grown stronger and we have become much closer.
Our friends have been great and very accepting, and we have made new friends through fostering networks and support groups we are now part of. We have become a complete family and life for us all is just wonderful.
Jen & Terri - Same Sex Foster Carers
I am renting, can I foster?
Yes, you can foster. The foster carer applicant assessment is not dependent on your assets. However you do need to demonstrate that you can provide safe and adequate accommodation where a child can live, play and sleep and that you are financially capable of supporting an additional child in your home.
Is there financial support?
Yes, there is a foster carer allowance paid to registered foster carers which varies depending on the needs of the children and young people in your care and the type of fostering you provide.
In the general sense, this is considered financial assistance to reimburse and help cover the costs of the children in your care and is not considered an income.
What makes a good foster carer?
To become a foster carer, you will undergo an assessment process where your maturity, health and lifestyle is considered within the context of the type of care you would like to provide.
Some of the characteristics and personal qualities of successful foster carers include flexibility, teamwork, communication, acceptance, playfulness and a commitment to lifelong learning.