Become a Foster Carer

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.

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

Your commitment can range from a weekend a month to full-time.

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

MacKillop is currently recruiting and training foster carers. Sound like you?

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

A Musical Outlet for Tania

Tania* is 14 years old and has been in care with her siblings for most of her life. They have experienced severe domestic violence and have been exposed to significant trauma - which resulted in them being placed in foster care. Tania is bright and resilient, however her trauma means she suffers from depression, mood swings, and feelings of isolation. Read More

Working to Improve Out-of-Home Care for Australian Children

Earlier this year the Senate's Standing Committee on Community Affairs conducted an inquiry into out-of-home care (OOHC). Their report was released in August 2015. MacKillop Family Services prepared a written submission to the Inquiry and was invited to appear at Committee hearings in Melbourne and Canberra. Read More

Sanctuary Training Rolls Out for Foster Carers

MacKillop is excited to announce the introduction of Sanctuary training specifically for MacKillop foster carers, and it's already having an effect. The Sanctuary Model is the foundation for how MacKillop works with clients and each other. The model integrates trauma theory with tools to overcome the impacts of adversity, loss and change. It recognises that trauma has an impact on not only the people who seek our services but also our employees and carers providing these services. Read More

What is the Best Way to Give Children and Young People in Care Some Control?

An important part of raising a child is giving him or her the opportunity to make their own decisions in an appropriate manner. This may be allowing a five year old to select which pair of socks to wear, to asking a 10 year old to decide what sport she would like to play, to encouraging a 15 year old to choose for himself what subjects to study at school. Read More