Become a Carer

Become a Carer


Foster and Kinship Carers are the backbone of the Northern Territory’s child protection system.

These volunteer professional parents work hard to provide stability and make a difference in the lives of children who have been neglected or abused or whose parents just need some time out.

Busting myths around foster and kinship care, watch the video:

Sometimes it’s just providing occasional emergency care for babies or weekend respite for other carers who need a break.

More often it’s short or long-term parenting for children whose families can’t cope or children who have suffered trauma, neglect or have demanding medical needs.

Foster and Kinship Carers are busy families, retirees who want to give back, professionals such as teachers and medical staff, grandparents taking in relatives, Aboriginal people embracing family and everyday Territorians opening their homes and their hearts to children in need.

For all of them, providing quality care is a rewarding but a challenging role.

Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit agency set up to help foster and kinship carers meet these challenges by providing support and information on carers rights and services, offering confidential advice and advocating on behalf of carers.

The Carer Assessment Process provides an overview of what you have to do to become a registered carer in the Northern Territory. Our team are here to provide you information and support through the assessment and registration process. Our Advocates do not take part in the assessment process but are simply here to help you with the process where possible. Once completed your Expression of Interest form is forwarded directly to the Department of Children and Families who will begin the assessment process.

Contact our Advocates