Become a Foster Carer

Bring out their best: become a foster carer

“I’m fortunate I can stay at home with Mum and Dad for as long as I need. Not all young people in care have that option when they turn 18.” – Skye, who has lived with her foster parents since she was two years old.

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?

Enquire today!

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.

With their own children grown up, these first-time foster carers opened their doors to another child in need

Tracey and Nigel, from Western Sydney have five kids ranging from 17-21 years of age. With the children now fairly independent, they started to consider what was next.

"A close friend of ours had been foster carer for a long time and using her knowledge and contacts, we teamed up with MacKillop Family Services to take on a child that needed short term foster care." Read More

"With any father, everything is about love"

Francis Khan is a father to four grown children. He's seen the rewards of fatherhood and for the past year, he's been experiencing these rewards again as a foster father.

Francis feels a strong responsibility to provide a safe home and a strong connection to culture for Aboriginal children in care. Read More

"I realised I could help kids even if I couldn't commit to full-time care"

Eastern suburbs Dad, Simon Dobson, dispels the myth that you have to be part of a 'traditional' nuclear family to be a foster carer and wants people to know that there's no such thing as 'one size fits all' when it comes to foster care, whether you are currently in a relationship or single, working or retired, renting or a home owner, foster care could be for you. Read More

Why wouldn't you be a foster carer?

This Father's Day, MacKillop is celebrating foster care Dads. The men who step up and provide the kind of safe and stable environment, loving support and encouragement children and young people in care need to reach their potential.

Dads like Jason and Brent from the Illawarra region in NSW. Three years ago, they took the first steps on their journey to be foster carers. Read More