Become a Foster Carer

Foster care changes lives. You can help improve the life of a child or young person.

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.

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

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

As a foster carer 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.

What matters most is you can give a child or a young person a safe, loving home.

MacKillop is currently recruiting and training foster carers. 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

How to become a foster carer

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. Read More

The time was right for Melissa and Leon to help kids through foster care

Melissa and Leon became foster carers in January 2015 and currently provide long-term care for a six year old boy, and respite care for two siblings aged seven and nine years. These children enjoy being part of a big family as the Watson's have 10 children between them, as well as an assortment of chickens, cows and pets on their acreage outside Candelo in New South Wales. Melissa works full-time as a nurse and Leon is studying nursing at university. Read More

Foster carer Eric's big weekend family

Eurobodalla foster carer Eric is a single dad. During the week Eric works as a primary school relief teacher, but two weekends a month and during school holidays he provides respite foster care for other local foster carers. Read More

Delia's 'bubbly' personality makes her a brilliant foster carer

Delia is in her second year as a foster carer with MacKillop and lives in Perth. So far she has cared for four sets of siblings, providing weekend respite care so that the other full-time carers can have some time to care for themselves too. MacKillop's out-of-home-care services in Western Australia continue to grow in both the Perth metropolitan and Port Hedland areas. Just under 30 children and young people are currently placed with around 40 foster carer households in respite, short-term and long-term care. One of our respite foster carers is Delia. Read More