Foster Care

You can positively impact the life of a child or young person.

Foster carers play a vital role in the lives of children and young people who, through no fault of their own, may have endured traumatic or difficult experiences.

By providing a stable home to a child or young person, who is not able to live with their family, you can set them on a path to a brighter future.

MacKillop is urgently in need of foster carers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Enquire today and help change a child’s life.

MacKillop foster carers come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Foster carers come from a wide range of cultures, religions and ages. They can:

  • be singles or couples
  • have children of their own or not
  • work part-time, full-time, stay-at-home, study or be retired

What matters most is you're able to provide a safe, loving home for a child or young person.

Call us on 1300 791 677 or enquire online to help change a child’s life today.

Yes, I can help a child

Start your foster care story

Hear from real foster carers about the rewards and challenges of being a foster carer. Six MacKillop foster carers speak frankly about their personal experiences.


  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

Foster Carer Profile: Helen

Helen lives in beautiful Ocean Grove, on the Surf Coast of Geelong. She has been a foster carer with MacKillop for the past six years. What made you decide to become a foster carer? Ive always known about foster homes and foster children since I was young and I just always thought that one day Id be a foster carer. Following a tragedy or negative event where young people are involved we often hear through the media it being said how can we as a community let these things happen. When I read/hear that I wonder if Im ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Tess

Tess* is one of MacKillops experienced foster carers. She has been making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children for almost 30 years. Tess lives in the Blue Mountains and is currently caring for a 16 year old girl and a four year old girl. Also living with her is her 20 year old foster daughter who Tess has cared for since she was nine months old. Tess has four children (two biological and two adopted) and 10 grandchildren. What made you decide to become a foster carer? I used to see advertisements on TV for ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Caroline and Brian

Caroline and Brian are foster carers in our southern Melbourne region. Caroline shares their experiences and insights of foster care. How long have you been a foster carer? Six years What made you decide to become a foster carer? I was having an in-depth discussion with a family member about the need for more foster carers. We were overseas travelling at the time and I vowed that as soon as we returned home I would apply! Within three months of returning home I had completed the training and was accredited. How many kids have you cared for and who are ... Read More

Moving from respite care to full-time foster care

What is it like to go from one end of the foster care scale to the other? MacKillop foster carer Lisa did just that. She works full time as a travel agent and had been a respite carer for a young girl for a number of years. MacKillop provides a variety of different foster caring options. Respite carers provide a break for full-time carers by taking a foster child for a night or a weekend. Full-time carers will look after a child or young person for months or years. Having not been around lots of children or ... Read More