Wanslea Foster Friends

Helping those who help Children

Providing support to Foster Carers

Every night, Wanslea foster carers provide a stable, safer and nurturing home to children and young people 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 individuals and community organisations like yours to help us build a supportive network for foster carers and children in their care.  Foster Friends can support our most precious resources - Foster Carers.

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

Our Model

Wanslea Foster Care recruits and supports foster carers who provide therapeutic, safe and thriving homes for children who are unable to live with their parents.  We aim to provide these families with a community of support to equip them to succeed.  Foster Friends are volunteers who provide back up support to foster families by: preparing meals, running errands, mentoring, tutoring, babysitting, donating clothes, furniture, toys, books, helping with transport, preparing first night bags for children entering foster care, and helping with recreational and holiday activities.

Providing this kind of support is critical if we want to encourage caring families to become and remain foster families.  The Foster Friends program ensures that foster families have the help they need, when they need it, within their community.

How it works

Our vision is that each Foster Friend network will provide a range of supports and services to foster families and the children they care for.  We aim to surround foster families by a team of volunteers in their community who are in turn supported by their organisation in partnership with Wanslea Foster Care.

Get Started

Appoint a liaison person in your organisation to coordinate your partnership with Wanslea.  For more information about how your organisation can partner with Wanslea to support our foster carers, call our Partnership Liaison Officer on (08) 9245 2441 or email us.

Click here for a copy of the Foster Friends brochure.



Foster Care Information Sessions 2021

Children all over WA need foster carers for a period of nights, weeks, months or years. Foster carers can be married, single, working or not working, with or without children.

Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need? Come along to one of our Foster Care Information Sessions.

Dates for the 2021 Foster Care Information Sessions - click here

In the meantime if you would like to know more about fostering, please contact us on:
(08) 9245 2441 or
alternatively you can visit our Fosternow website at: www.fosternow.com.au

Foster Care in the
Great Southern

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, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.

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 why not call us on 9843 0077 to speak to one of our staff.

Call 9843 0077 for more information or click here to go to our Fosternow website. 

Wanslea Foster Care has produced a series of short films entitled ‘I was a foster child’.  These films feature young people who were previously in care speaking about their experiences.  To view these films search ‘I was a foster child’ on You Tube.

Have you considered becoming a Wanslea Foster Friend?  Foster Friends are volunteers who assist foster carers in their local area in a variety of ways.  Click here to find out more about how you could help foster carers and children in care.