WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
OzChild provides a home to over 300 disadvantaged children every night, but to continue this valuable service, we need carers from the community to help us.
Foster care is providing safe and secure temporary or longer term care for children and young people who can’t live with their own family due to abuse, neglect or illness.
Foster care takes patience, compassion and a sense of humour. You can be a foster carer for just a few nights, months or for many years. You can choose whether you’d like to provide respite, short term or long term care.
While foster care can be challenging at times, the rewards can be life-changing. You’ll be given full training and ongoing support to help give a child in your care the chance to shine.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, fill out our online form and one of our team will contact you.
Who can be a foster carer?
Lots of different types of people can become foster carers. If you're interested in caring for a disadvantaged child and want to see if you can help OzChild, click here.
Becoming a foster carer is a great achievement, and will allow you to help ensure the futures of children living out of home, click here to find out more about becoming a foster parent.
You probably have a million questions about what’s involved with foster care. Click here to see them answered.
Find agencies, resources, government departments and information sites about foster care in Australia. Click here.
Hear from our foster carers
Watch an interview of or read a story about one of our foster carers, disability carers or volunteers.
Ten Foster Care Myths
What's stopping you from becoming a foster carer? There are many misconceptions about children going into care and who can be a foster parent. But it might be easier than you think. Read more.