Become a Foster Carer

Foster carer and young girl smiling in the sunlight

“Getting up and seeing the smiles on the girls faces makes it all worthwhile.” – Sally, foster carer

Foster caring is one of the most important and rewarding roles you can play in your community.

MacKillop urgently needs foster carers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

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

By providing a stable home, foster carers can help give children and young people a brighter future.

There are many types of foster care. You can provide care for a weekend, a few weeks, a few months or even years. You choose the type of care that suits you. What matters most is you can give a child or a young person a safe, nurturing and loving home.

As a foster carer you can:

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

Foster carers are trained, assessed and accredited before they start caring for a child or young person. This process involves several screening checks. We will walk by your side each step of the way.

Download our information booklet

This booklet contains lots of information about foster care and our approach to it. The booklet is tailored to each state where we work - download a copy for the state in which you live:

If you’re interested in being a foster carer, please complete our enquiry form. We’ll get in touch with you to answer all of your questions!

Can you help give a child or a young person a brighter future?

Yes, I can help a child!

WATCH - The difference you can make as a foster carer

Hear from actual foster carers about the rewards and challenges of caring for a child or young person.


  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

Putting his best foot forward

A very special moment happened for a 12 year old boy last month.

Jake* represented his school in a regional athletics event, supported by his foster carers Kim and Sean*. He came first in both the 100m and 200m events, and has now progressed to state finals.

This achievement is especially remarkable because just 12 months ago, Jake was disengaged from school and sleeping under a slide in a local park. Read More

Meet the team providing around the clock protection for vulnerable children

Emergency services are there when we need them in a fire, accident or medical emergency, but another, little-known emergency service provides a vital lifeline for those in our community who are often at their most vulnerable. Read More

Welcome St Joseph's Cowper

MacKillop Family Services in NSW continues to expand with St Joseph's Cowper - a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea - joining MacKillop Family Services on 1 October 2017. St Joseph's Cowper is based in the NSW north-coast town of Grafton. Read More

Foster caring showed us a different way of living

With more than 20 years' experience as foster carers in New Zealand, Anne and Sarah knew they wanted to continue their journey as carers when they settled in Australia. It was complete chance however that Anne walked into a MacKillop office whilst on a lunch break almost three years ago. A walk to get coffee turned into a chat with our care team, then one thing led to the next and the rest is history. Read More