Become a Foster Carer

Foster carer and young girl smiling in the sunlight

“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.


  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

That first marvellous smile...

Foster carer Sue McLaughlin loves children, "I always said I'd have ten kids and through fostering, I'm getting close!? laughs Sue as she juggles family life and foster care. Sue has two kids, her husband Lee has three children and they look after two babies" nine-month-old Madeline and Ryan, who is almost two. Read More

Stepping up, moving on: Nothing will stop me now

Completing your final year of high school can be stressful at the best of times. Throw in leaving a violent home and facing homelessness and it takes extraordinary commitment to continue with your studies.

But that is what 18 year old Issaraha (Issy) Braun just did - a young man committed to becoming the best person he can be, to break a cycle of family violence, and navigate his way to a successful career as a chiropractor. Read More

Warrnambool businesses equip young mechanic with tools for the future

Thanks to the generosity of Ferris Auto Repairs and Repco Warrnambool, who donated $1,200 worth of tools to the MacKillop Family Services Christmas Appeal, a hard-working Hamilton teenager has been given the opportunity to kick-start his career as a diesel mechanic apprentice.

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End of an era as Southern Region foster carers say goodbye to nappies, bottles and lots and lots of hugs

MacKillop Family Services bade a sad farewell recently to some of its most valued foster carers who have been providing happy homes for children in Melbourne for a combined 79 years. Read More