MacKillop urgently needs foster carers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
Foster carers help children and young people who are temporarily unable to live with their birth family. Often these children have experienced trauma.
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 every step of the way.
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.
Foster Care Enquiry Form
Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding journey. You can help create a brighter future for those who may not have had the best start in life. Complete our online enquiry form today to take the first step.
Foster Care Information Sessions
MacKillop's online information sessions are an opportunity to find out what’s involved in becoming a foster carer, to learn more about the process, and to ask our expert staff any questions you might have.
Types of Foster Care
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.
Steps to Become a Foster Carer
Are you interested in becoming a foster carer? We’ll be with you every step of the way. Read an overview of what the process involves.
Why Become a Foster Carer
Hear directly from MacKillop foster carers and their families who have opened their door to children in need of safe and nurturing homes.
Support for Foster Carers
We provide a range of support to foster carers throughout their fostering journey, from flexible training opportunities to respite care for your foster child when you need a break.
Aboriginal Foster Care Agencies
We aim to place children and young people with carers who can help them keep their cultural identity and connections.
Intensive Therapeutic Foster Carers needed in NSW
MacKillop is looking for specialised foster carers in NSW to provide one-on-one care for young people aged 12-17 years who need a safe, stable home environment.
Specialised Foster Carers needed in WA
MacKillop is seeking specialised foster carers in Western Australia to care for children and young people who have complex needs, challenging behaviours and trauma experience.
What does it mean to be a foster carer?
Foster care parents, social workers and former foster care children share their experiences in the system. They explain the role of foster care parents and give reasons on why foster care parents are so important.
MacKillop carers tell their
Helping kids find their happy place
Close to three years on from our last visit to foster carers Brooke and Glen in Port Hedland, WA, we caught up with them again to hear how Sara* and Eva* and the family are settling in after their trip to northern WA to discover more about the girls’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
Supporting sisters to grow their relationship together
Foster carers Helen and Philip Shaw are astonished when they stand back and look at how much the young woman in their care has advanced in the four years she has lived with them. Living in a small town, west of Geelong, Helen and Philip have been foster carers for five years.
Culture is about family and looking after children: Imma's fostering journey
Foster carer Immaculee is the embodiment of Benjamin Franklin’s phrase, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” With three grown up children, Imma is a foster carer for two children, works in pre and after school care, volunteers at a refugee centre, sews traditional African dresses and makes African jewellery in her spare time!