Caring for someone

Becoming a caregiver

Children who can’t live with their usual caregivers come from a range of backgrounds and each child has their own unique story. So when it comes to being a foster carer, one-size doesn’t fit all. We're always on the look-out for new caregivers so that we can ensure the people looking after our children and young people are well matched to them. Are you the kind of person we're looking for? 

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Do you and your family have the ability to provide a safe, stable, nurturing and loving home? It can be tough at times – but it can also be a life-changing experience for everyone involved.

Children and young people have told us they need caregivers who:

  • make them feel welcome and loved
  • provide more than just food, shelter and supervision by helping them feel part of a family
  • meet a range of needs and help them to learn, grow and heal 
  • persevere and be patient – no matter what
  • support them to maintain relationships with their family and friends
  • help them develop skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare for young adulthood.
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Sounds like you?

Let's talk about ways you can help our tamariki.

Call 0508 CARERS (0508 227 377)

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

We can put you in touch with experienced caregivers before you apply, so you get a better idea of what it takes. Just ask!

All our caregivers receive training and are approved before they’re able to have a child or young person in their care.  The application process usually takes about two to three months. This includes providing some information about you and your family.

Applying to be a caregiver

If after talking to us you decide you'd like to apply to become a caregiver, you'll need:

  • a completed application form (we'll send you one when you call)
  • a police check
  • proof of your identity
  • a full doctor's medical report
  • the names and addresses of two referees.

You'll then be invited to two interviews, one of which will be at your home.