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!

You can also register to attend one of our local information sessions. View upcoming dates here.

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.

A sense of belonging and a home after 18

It was the look on Paul Cole's face which said it all. Sitting in a restaurant with his family, the daughter he had fostered for 16 years had a surprise for him. She handed him a present wrapped in newspaper. Paul carefully peeled away the paper and couldn't believe his eyes. In his hands was a framed copy of Skye's new birth certificate - with her new family name - Cole. Read More

Behind the scenes: Meet our Foster Carer Recruitment and Development Manager

An in-depth understanding of the challenges vulnerable children and families face and the importance of quality compliance systems to ensure safety, is the driving factor for MacKillop Family Services' Carer Recruitment and Development Manager, Jasmine Perry. Jasmine has worked in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Cambodia, developing, implementing and managing services in child safety, youth justice, disability, community inclusion and development. Read More

Ask the expert: Record Keeping

As General Manager of the MacKillop Family Services Heritage and Information Service, Jenny Glare knows the impact record keeping can have when adults return to piece together their history. Read More

That first marvellous smile...

Foster carer Sue McLaughlin loves children, "I always said I'd have ten kids and through fostering, I'm getting close!? laughs Sue as she juggles family life and foster care. Sue has two kids, her husband Lee has three children and they look after two babies" nine-month-old Madeline and Ryan, who is almost two. Read More