Become a Foster Carer

Foster carer and young girl smiling in the sunlight

“Getting up and seeing the smiles on the girls faces makes it all worthwhile.” – Sally, foster carer


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.

Attend a foster care information session

Come along to an information session in your local area where you can have all your questions answered. View session times here.

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?

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

Foster caring showed us a different way of living

With more than 20 years' experience as foster carers in New Zealand, Anne and Sarah knew they wanted to continue their journey as carers when they settled in Australia. It was complete chance however that Anne walked into a MacKillop office whilst on a lunch break almost three years ago. A walk to get coffee turned into a chat with our care team, then one thing led to the next and the rest is history. Read More

The love is different - a positive different

Kiama Downs couple Emma and Adam work as a registered nurse and an Aboriginal mental health care professional. They are also long-term foster parents to Brittany (name changed) who is four years old. They have a seven year old biological daughter called Caitilin. Read More

Blending families, transforming lives

There are many blended families but in the happy home of Western Sydney couple, Tracey and Nigel, it's a little bit different. Not only does their family include five older children aged 16 - 20 years, but there's an extra addition of a fun, active, happy young boy named Blake*.

Five-year-old Blake joined the family over two years ago when Tracey and Nigel, both in their mid-40s, decided to become foster carers. Read More

An advocate for other children in care

Like many 14 year olds, Jack* is passionate about sport, both on the field and as a keen follower of several codes. But he is certainly not your average young man.

Jack has lived in out of home care for most of his life, the past two and a half years with foster carers Anne and Sarah. Read More