Foster parents (also known as foster carers) come from different backgrounds and all types of families.
In fact, foster carers can:
- be single or have a partner
- have children of your own or not
- own or rent your home
- work, stay at home, study or be retired
- be from any culture or religion
However, there are some compulsory requirements to be a foster carer. You must:
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
- be at least 21 years old in Victoria and NSW and 25 years old in WA
- have space in your house for a child
- have current police and Working With Children Checks (we will help you obtain these)
- complete a health check, referee checks, and a home and environment checks (we will help you with these checks)
- complete training and be accredited or authorised (we provide training and help you with accreditation)
Most importantly, our carers all share the desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people in need. They understand that each child or young person has different needs. They are compassionate and resilient. And a good sense of humour helps.
MacKillop is currently recruiting and training foster carers. Can you help give a child or a young person a brighter future?