Become a Foster Carer

Foster care plays 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.

Foster care provides 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 about becoming a foster carer 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. Can you help set a child or young person in foster care on the path to a brighter future?

Yes, I can help a child!

WATCH - The difference you can make through foster care

Hear from actual foster carers about the rewards and challenges of caring for a child or young person.


  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

Ask a foster care expert: The PACE parenting principles for children who have experienced trauma

In this installment of 'Ask a foster care expert' our Therapeutic Care Team take you through PACE parenting approach. The PACE principles of parenting can be a great resource for parents or foster carers looking for guidance on interacting with children and young people in care, particularly those who have experienced trauma. PACE stands for Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. It was developed by Dr. Dan Hughes, a clinical psychologist based in the United States, who specialises in the treatment of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Read More

I didn't think I could foster children... I'm so glad I was wrong

I'm 34, single, and I work full-time. I don't have children, and I live in a share house. While I'd felt for a long time I had the emotional resources to be a foster carer, I didn't see how it could work practically. Then I found out about home-based respite care- a model where I could go and live-in with the kids for one weekend a month, rather than them coming to me. I didn't need my own home; I could continue working full-time, and I would be supported by a larger care team of MacKillop ... Read More

Ask a foster care expert: Emotion coaching

Children and young people in care can often deal with extreme feelings and have difficulty managing their subsequent behaviours. Emotion coaching is a research-based five-step process developed by Dr. John Gottman (US psychology researcher). It teaches children and young people how to recognise their emotions and healthy ways to express them. Read More

The importance of keeping siblings together in foster care

When a young person is exposed to trauma early in life, it can have a serious impact on their development. It is imperative that any impacts of trauma are identified as soon as the child enters into care, so their needs are met and they are supported on their path to healing. When sibling groups enter the care system together it adds an extra layer of complexity, as it is critical to ensure that their attachment to each other is not damaged or broken. Read More