Become a Foster Carer

“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.

Contacts

  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

The rewards are too many to count

Leanne Bartlett vividly remembers her first foster care placement 22 years ago. A single mother at the time with two toddlers of her own, Leanne's home swiftly grew with the arrival of three children, aged 3, 18 months and a newborn. It was a baptism that still brings a laugh from the 45-year-old mother of six. Read More

We love everything about fostering

When people picture their retirement, it rarely features ferrying a 10-year-old to weekly netball, swimming and dance activities.

But that is just what life looks like for Malua Bay couple, Elizabeth and Bernard Basevi, both in their 60s. And they couldn't be happier. Read More

From zero to 100 with no looking back

Eighteen months ago, Peta had no intention of becoming a foster carer. The epiphany came when she split up from her partner and realised she wanted children in her life. With so many children in need of loving homes, foster caring felt like a natural choice. Read More

Love and trust in abundance

Debra McNeil had only recently moved to Hamilton when she attended a farming show to learn more about rural life and her country community. But rather than come away with brochures on raising sheep or growing vegetables, she left determined to become a foster carer.

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