How to become a foster carer

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Anna Masci

woman with young child

Being a foster carer is one of the most important and rewarding roles you can play in your community. Each year, the number of children and young people requiring a foster care placement grows more rapidly than we can recruit individuals and families to care for them. As a result, there is a shortage of foster carers.

By volunteering to become a foster carer, you can help children achieve a brighter future by caring for them in your own home and offering them the warmth of a family environment. By providing your love and support, you can have a lasting impact on a child and ultimately change a life. The difference you can make to a child’s life is immeasurable.

Children and young people who need foster care range from newborns to 18 years of age. Foster carers can outline the type of foster care that works for them and the age group that is suitable for their household. Types of foster care include:

  • Emergency care: Emergency carers are usually called on at short notice to provide care. The child or young person will stay for a short period of time (sometimes only one night) while a care plan is stablished and a longer term placement can be found.
  • Respite care: Respite carers provide planned care for a child for a short period of time, typically one or two weekend a month.
  • Short-term care: Short-term carers generally provide care for a child for a period of up to six months.
  • Long-term care: Long-term carers provide much-needed stability

Anyone can be a foster carer

MacKillop Foster carers can:

  • Be singles or couples
  • Be of almost any age
  • Have children of their own, or not
  • Own or rent their home
  • Work part-time, full-time, stay at home, study or be retired
  • Belong to any religion or culture

To find out more, complete our online form, contact us on 1300 791 677 or attend one of our information sessions.

Upcoming sessions

  • November 23, The Fat Cow 10 Main Street Timboon. 12 – 1pm
  • November 24, Forage to Foreshore 32 Cairns Street Port Campbell. 12 – 1pm