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  • Foster care is temporary care of children of any age up to 18 years, by trained, assessed and accredited foster carers.
  • Children can be in care from overnight to several years, depending on their circumstances.
  • Children in foster care cannot live with their birth family for a range of reasons.
  • Foster carers and foster care agencies have a critical role in caring for some of the state’s most vulnerable children.
  • Children and young people requiring foster care can come from various cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • More foster carers are needed.

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Reviewed on: 12-07-2023