Who can be a Carer?

Who can be a Carer?

Foster and kinship Carers play a vital role in transforming the lives of young children and people. We are always seeking dedicated Carers who are willing to open their homes and help make a difference in the lives of young Territorians. 

There are many children in the Northern Territory who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to remain living with their own parents. Whether they are victims of abuse, neglect or the death of a parent for example, these children need a safe and supportive home environment, that is where foster and kinship Carers come in and you can be a part of the solution. 



What we look for in a foster and kinship Carer


Adults can apply to become a carer if they are in good physical and emotional health and have a strong desire to help a child or young person. You do not have to be married or own your own home to be a carer. 

Anyone from the list below can become a Carer, if you are: 

  • single, married, or in a de facto relationship
  • you could be a same sex couple 
  • a parent of other children who are still at home or who have grown up and left home (grandparents) 
  • or you may have no children
  • a person who works with children in a professional capacity, such as a teacher, doctor, nurse or police officer
  • renting, buying or own your own home.
  • working full-time or part-time
  • retired or not working
  • from a culturally diverse background
  • living in a city or small town
  • live in a remote location


Becoming a foster or kinship Carer is an inclusive process where people are welcomed from diverse backgrounds, same sex couples are encouraged along with grandparents, retirees’ and young couples without children for example. As long as you can provide a loving and supportive environment and you meet the application criteria, that you may be eligible to become a foster or kinship Carer and help make a difference. 


When you apply to be a carer, you will be assessed for suitability. If you are approved, an appropriate placement will be assigned to you depending on the type of care you can provide. 

Aboriginal people from both urban and remote environments are encouraged to consider foster or kinship caring to make it easier to place children in a culturally appropriate environment.

Reasons for ineligibility include some types of criminal offences, an unsafe living environment, an inability to provide appropriate care, unsuitable accommodation and people living in or visiting your house that the Department deems inappropriate company for vulnerable children.


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