What is Barnardos virtual foster care?
Barnardos virtual foster care is a unique and special sponsorship program. There are nearly 40,000 children in Australia unable to live with their parents and are living in out-of-home care*, but not everyone is in a position to take a child into their home. With the Barnardos virtual foster care program everyone can change a child’s life.
How do I become a Barnardos virtual foster carer?
You can sign up or call our dedicated Supporter Care Team on 1800 061 000.
What will I receive as a Barnardos virtual foster carer?
Once you sign up, keep an eye on the post as you will receive a welcome pack with information about your sponsored child and something special they have made for you -a paddle pop stick character that represents who they are and will help you get to know each other better. (To protect the privacy of each child we can't share real names or real photos).
Can I choose my Barnardos child?
No, unfortunately not. You will be paired with one of the carefully selected children in need of your help when you sign up.
How does my money help vulnerable children and young people?
As an organisation we receive government funding, however it is only enough to cover the basic needs of the children we work with. Many children who come to Barnardos have suffered serious abuse or extreme poverty and disadvantage. Their problems can be substantial which is why the nature of our work is so complex.
How long does my support as a virtual foster carer last?
Children and young people turn to Barnardos for help and we never give up on them. We ask you to stick with your Barnardos child as they transform their life. This could take time and we hope your commitment will last as long as possible.
How much does it cost to become a virtual foster carer?
Sponsorship costs $30 a month – that’s just $1 a day! All gifts over $2 are tax-deductible.
What are the payment options?
Your monthly contributions can be deducted from either your nominated credit card or bank account via direct debit. Gifts will be deducted on the 19th of each month.
What if I cannot afford that monthly?
Of course not everyone can make a commitment of $30 monthly, however if you would still like to make a regular donation, our Barnardos Children’s Champion’s program has no minimum monthly amount. You will still be helping Australian children in need of protection, and receive updates from our programs and how your gifts are changing young lives.
When will I get my tax deductable receipt?
To save administration costs and ensure your gifts are making the greatest impact we do not issue receipts for individual payments. Instead you will receive an annual consolidated receipt at the end of the financial year for lodgement with your tax return. This will be mailed to you in mid-July.
Do my gifts go directly to my Barnardos child?
Children in our virtual foster care program have stepped forward to share the details of their lives, but we work with many others. You will receive updates about one real child who is receiving help from Barnardos, however your gifts will support all the vulnerable children in our programs, so no one child is singled out for special treatment.
What happens if my child leaves the program?
There is a chance that your child could leave the program. For example, they may be adopted, move home or their situation may change for a number of reasons. If this happens, we will let you know and if required introduce you to a new child who wants to share their story.