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.

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

High Five! - Lives Changed Through Foster Care

MacKillop carers Kay* and Derek* explain the impact they were able to have on two children in their care and their joy when the children were reunited with their birth father. Kay and Derek were accredited as foster carers with MacKillop in April 2014. They provided respite and emergency placements for a number of children in need, until Ali* and Maryam* came to stay with them. What was a originally a three week placement became nine months. Read More

Sarah's Guide to Juggling - How to Fit Being a Foster Carer into a Busy Life

Twenty-seven year old couple Sarah and James work fulltime as a medical resident and civil engineer. They are also respite foster carers for seven-year-old Chloe*, who stays with them one weekend every month. Sarah kindly took the time out of her packed schedule to discuss juggling acts and the rewards of fitting foster care into their busy lives. Read More

Teachers Already Have the Skills to Be Great Foster Carers

Paul Clohesy believes his twenty years of teaching experience has been instrumental in making the transition to life as a foster carer so smooth. Paul and his wife Julie have provided a safe and caring home for thirteen foster children over the last eighteen months. They "wholeheartedly" recommend foster caring to anyone. Read More

What's in the Box?

Andrew Dodds (Acting Residential Supervisor of Out-of-Home Care Northern Metro), reflects on a profound moment he experienced during his work with MacKillop, and shares with us his understanding of the importance of memories in helping ourselves and others to find happiness. Read More