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

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

LeAnne Ross, Senior Therapeutic Practitioner, Clinical Services at MacKillop Family Services shares her insights. Christmas and summer holidays it can be a time of joy, excitement, families and togetherness. But for many children in care, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect, it can be a time of conflicting emotions, higher stress and altered behaviours. While children and young people in care may be excited for the summer holidays and spending time with their foster family, they can also experience feelings of loss and sadness. Sometimes this period triggers memories of past trauma (for example, ... Read More

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