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  • Foster care, respite or short term care is when carers take care of a child until the child. This may occur until the child turns 18. Children are placed in foster care as a result of a court order, or through a voluntary arrangement between the child’s parent and a foster care agency.
  • Foster care families receive ongoing financial support from the Department of Human Services.
  • Foster care agencies support foster carers through telephone calls, home visits, after-hours support and regular supervision sessions.
  • Children placed in permanent care come through child protection services and it is not a voluntary placement. Financial assistance is available to help families cover some expenses.
  • The Victorian Government’s Adoption and Permanent Care team is a good place to start for information, advice, support and referral to organisations that can help with the challenges permanent care families might face. 
  • Financial support from the Department of Human Services is available to help eligible parents care for a recently adopted child.

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015