Big hearts
make a big difference

A little space
can make a big difference

About Wanslea

Wanslea Foster Care is a community based fostering agency in Perth, Western Australia. Wanslea Foster Care is committed to high quality care for children and excellence in support of foster carers.

Wanslea is a caring, community-based organisation providing respite, emergency, short and long term foster care services for children.
We provide home based foster care for children aged up to 18 in the Perth and Mandurah areas of Western Australia.
Wanslea provides emergency, short, medium and long term care as well as specialist placements.
Foster carers at Wanslea are well supported and have access to regular learning and development as well as opportunities for social interaction with other carers.
Non-denominational and not for profit, Wanslea has been serving Western Australian families for over 70 years.

Hope goes here

Do I have what it takes?

A foster carer is someone who can make room in their home and heart for children who need temporary or long term care. They’re loving, compassionate people who can handle stressful situations. They’re flexible and willing to work as part of a team. Most of all, a foster carer is someone who wants to make a real difference to a child’s life.
Apart from having the above personal traits, potential foster carers must also meet other specific criteria. These include:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Your marital status or relationship should be stable and unchanged over the past year
  • You should be physically, emotionally and financially stable. However we have a fantastic support team available if required
  • You should not have had a major illness or trauma during the past 12 months
  • You should be able to provide the children with their own room and storage space

Do you have
room for a
foster child?

How to apply

If we agree to proceed with your application the following process will occur:

Police/CPFS clearance forms will be signed and forwarded to the CPFS Screening Unit.

All prospective applicants will be required to attend Preparation Training which is the equivalent of 19 hours of training. Other training and workshop participation will be identified with interested applicants.

Aboriginal care

Aboriginal care

Aboriginal children are over represented in foster care. Wanslea believe that where possible, Aboriginal children should be cared for by Aboriginal carers. Wanslea Foster Care strives to connect Aboriginal children with their culture and with their family network.

Wanslea has support staff trained in culturally appropriate assessments. Many of the things Aboriginal families think might stop them from becoming foster parents – being single, already having children and no spare room, renting, multi-generational living arrangements or some criminal record are not necessarily impediments to becoming a foster carer.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can download a brochure or poster to assist with our Aboriginal Foster Carer recruitment.

Kaartdijin Mia Mia Library

The Wanslea Aboriginal Resource Library opened on Friday 31 March 2017 and is a valuable resource to Aboriginal children in out of home care and their carers.

The library is named ‘Kaartdijin Mia Mia’ meaning ‘Home of knowledge’ in Noongar language. The library has been described by Aboriginal Elders to be a significant resource available to Aboriginal children to enable them to identify with their culture and feel a sense of security and belonging.

The library is a place where children are always welcome to come and browse and often there will be an Aboriginal Elder in attendance to allow for carers and children to learn about their culture first hand.

This library is open to all foster carers from any agency in Western Australia. It has books, toys, CDs, DVDs and other educational resources particularly for Aboriginal children.

To access the Kaartdijin Mia Mia library please call 08 9425 2441

Please contact Wanslea Foster Care team to find out more about fostering Aboriginal children and helping to keep them connected to culture and family.

 

Spaces needed
for small hearts
in the Great Southern.

Great Southern Fostering

Wanslea Foster Care offers foster care in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The Great Southern comprises the City of Albany and the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Manjimup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.

Click here for a map of the region.

Wanslea Foster Carers are supported by professional staff, learning and development and access to equipment and other resources.

If you or someone you know lives in the Great Southern region and would like to find out more about fostering at Wanslea, email fostercare@wanslea.asn.au or call us on 9843 0070 to speak to one of our staff about fostering.

See how a little
space can make
a big difference.

Success Stories

Wanslea Foster Journeys

Jodie and Meaghan

Jodie and Meaghan are friends and foster carers. They live in the Southern suburbs of Perth and provide care to younger children. Both carers believe strongly that children should be with their families and that foster families and birth families should work together to create a positive environment for children in care.

I was a Foster Child

Larnie, Ernie and Mitchell were all in foster care and in this film they describe their experiences of being in care and speak about the support they received from foster carers and from Wanslea. Each of the young people has a different perspective but they all highlight the positive difference that their foster carers made in their lives.

Foster Now!

Wanslea Foster Carers Dana and Gary and Teresa and Mark speak about their fostering experiences. Both couples give different perspectives on fostering and highlight some of the challenges as well as the rewards that they have experienced.

Helping those
who help children

Foster Friends

Every night, Wanslea foster carers provide a stable, safe and nurturing home to children who cannot live with their own families. Our experience shows that they thrive when they live in a supportive, stimulating environment, connected to community. We are reaching out to community members to help us build a supportive network for foster carers and children in their care. Foster Friends can support our most precious resource – foster carers.

We also need your help to find more foster carers to meet the growing demand. Western Australia’s foster care system is under pressure and we urgently need more foster carers to care for children who otherwise remain at risk.

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Being a Foster Carer?

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