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.

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.

Contacts

  • Foster Care Enquiry Hotline1300 791 677

Fostering love beyond divides

Hanadi Abdufadil, a 46-year-old African Muslim woman and MacKillop foster carer, said she had many differences to the teenage Christian girl in her care, but they made it work. Read More

Foster care and trauma-informed practice

Amanda* is a foster carer with MacKillop Family Services who is currently providing care for three children in MacKillop's "Home-Based Care House". The Home-Based Care House is an innovative model where the care provided is intended to replicate a family home, with a single volunteer foster carer, a consistent respite carer and other ongoing support staff. The model aims to provide home-like stability for children and young people who would otherwise be cared for in residential care due to the range and level of their needs. Read More

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 Victoria?s largest out-of-home care providers, and we also have out-of-home care services in NSW and WA. 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. Read More