Foster Care Victoria

Foster carers in Victoria help children and young people who cannot live with their family, many of whom have experienced trauma or difficult events.

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By providing a stable home to a child or young person, foster carers help create a brighter future for those who may not have had the best start in life.

Many types of people can become foster carers. MacKillop foster carers come from all backgrounds and family types.

As a foster carer in Victoria you can:

  • be single or have a partner
  • have children of your own or not
  • own or rent your home
  • work, stay at home, study or be retired
  • be from any culture or religion

You can provide care for a weekend, a few weeks, a few months or even years. You choose the period that suits you.

Most importantly, our carers share the desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people in need.

Our Victorian foster care services operate:

  • across Melbourne
  • from Geelong to Colac and surrounding areas
  • from Warrnambool to the South Australian border.

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We have joined foster care agencies across Victoria to form Fostering Connections to make it easier to find out more about becoming a foster carer.

MacKillop is currently recruiting and training foster carers in Victoria. Can you help give a child or young person a brighter future?

Yes, I can help a child!
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General Fostering Victoria (VIC)

General foster caring is the most common form of foster care.  Read more

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First Call Foster Care

MacKillop Family Services is in the process of implementing an exciting new foster care model called First Call Foster Care.  Read more

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Weekend Live-In Foster Carers - Northern Melbourne

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Circle Program - Geelong

MacKillop Family Services' Circle Program provides therapeutic foster care in Geelong.  Read more

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Family Options Respite Foster Care - Geelong

MacKillop's Family Options program requires respite foster carers for children and young people, with a disability, in Geelong.  Read more

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Foster Carers Needed for Teenage Mums

Imagine being a teenager with no home, family or support, and you have a young child.  Read more

Live-in carers urgently needed in Eastern Melbourne

Cara at MacKillop is seeking carers to provide a safe and supportive home environment for the young people living in its Adolescent Community Placement home in Glen Waverley.   Read more