Foster Care

You can positively impact the life of a child or young person.

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.

Foster carers come from a wide range of cultures, religions and ages. They can:

  • be singles or couples
  • have children of their own or not
  • work part-time, full-time, stay-at-home, study or be retired

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

Call us on 1300 791 677 or enquire online to help change a child’s life today.

Yes, I can help a child

Start your foster care story

Hear from real foster carers about the rewards and challenges of being a foster carer. Six MacKillop foster carers speak frankly about their personal experiences.


  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

Opening statement to the Senate Inquiry into Out-of-Home Care

Last week MacKillop Family Services appeared at the Senate Inquiry in to Out-of-Home Care. Below is our opening statement: Good Morning, MacKillop Family Services would like to thank the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for inviting us to speak to the Inquiry this morning. MacKillop provides services in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia to children, young people and families. We are one of Victorias largest out-of-home care providers, and we also have out-of-home care services in NSW and WA. We provide residential care, foster care and kinship care. We also provide parenting support, disability ... Read More

Royal Commission seeks MacKillop's unique perspective

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is currently conducting its twenty-fourth case study. Unlike previous case studies, they are not inquiring into a particular institution or experiences of an individual. Rather, it is inquiring specifically into contemporary practices in out-of-home care. The manner of hearing evidence is also very different to previous hearings with Commissioners hearing from expert panels made up of government representatives and community service organisations currently providing out-of-home care. Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission, Gail Furness SC, has led between two and five experts on each panel, through a range ... Read More

Foster carers give new family a great start!

MacKillops Out-of-Home Care Services recently had a new born baby boy placed with our foster carers while a permanent adoption plan was being arranged through another agency to find permanent adoptive parents for the new born. Both birth parents were young and the mother gave birth to the little boy only havingfound out she was pregnant and about to give birth at the hospital on the day he was due. During the first week of the little baby being placed with our foster carers, the birth parents continued to visit him and our carers did a great ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Helen

Helen lives in beautiful Ocean Grove, on the Surf Coast of Geelong. She has been a foster carer with MacKillop for the past six years. What made you decide to become a foster carer? Ive always known about foster homes and foster children since I was young and I just always thought that one day Id be a foster carer. Following a tragedy or negative event where young people are involved we often hear through the media it being said how can we as a community let these things happen. When I read/hear that I wonder if Im ... Read More