Types of Care

Types of Care

There are many different types of foster care to suit your lifestyle and other commitments. 
Foster and kinship Carers are matched to the most suitable type of care placement that suits their lifestyle. To become a Carer though you do need to flexible. 



The different types of Care placements


Emergency Foster Care

Urgent placements to remove a child from an unsafe situation while an assessment is made of its future.

Respite Care

When temporary care helps give foster carers and parents a break from their caring role.


Short to Medium-term Foster Care

When you act as a child’s primary carer for up to six months.

Long-term Foster Care

 For longer-term placements in your home that is longer than six months.


Kinship Care

Relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members take the children into their homes, either short or long-term.



Who is the foster care partnership team?


Foster care means sharing the care of the child. The foster care team includes the child, the child’s family, the foster or kinship family and Territory Families caseworkers and agency workers.

When a child enters care, case workers develop a case plan. This plan gives direction and purpose to the partners involved in caring for the child. It helps understand the aims and expectations of the team members, length of the placement and the contact arrangements (family visits) for the child.

A carer knows they are sharing the care of the child with the child’s family, their teachers, medical professionals and government workers.

All foster and kinship parents receive support through Territory Families and independent support agency, Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT Incorporated. 

To apply to become a foster or kinship Carer please fill out our Expression of Interest form


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