Becoming a Foster Carer


Becoming a foster carer, includes a Registration of Interest form.

Talk with someone about becoming a foster carer.

Call 1800 REAL CARERS (1800 732 522) 

For information about Formal Kinship Care

To become a foster carer in Tasmania you will need to have an assessment and complete a training course.

The assessment process is called "Step-by-Step". The assessment will look at whether you are:

  • personally ready, as an individual or a family to provide care;
  • able to work as part of a team with the other people involved in the child or young person's life while they are in care;
  • able to support children and young people in care to grow and develop as individuals;
  • able to provide a home environment that is safe and healthy.

In addition to the assessment process all carers must complete a training programme called "Shared Stories, Shared Lives" before they commence caring. The training looks at how and why children and young people come into care, the experience of being in care and how carers can support and guide a child or young person in care.

Formal Kinship Care

You may be interested in being a carer because you are related to child or young person who is in the custody or guardianship of the Department as a result of a legal order. Grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family or community members may be assessed as carers for children or young people whom they have a personal connection with. This type of care is called Formal Kinship Care and you can find out more about it by clicking on the link on the side of the page.