Who Can be a Foster Parent?

Q: Can I foster children? A: Almost anybody can be a foster parent!

.hat's most important is that they can provide a safe, nurturing home for children in need

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?

Yes, I can help a child!


  • Foster Care Enquiry Line 1300 791 677