Foster Care - OzChild

Foster Care

Can you be extraordinary for a child who needs an ordinary life? Foster carers help families that do not have support networks to care for their children in a time of crisis, whether it be for a night, a week or longer.

Who needs foster care?

Children and young people from birth up to 18 years of age can enter the foster care system. They can enter care as individuals or be part of a sibling group. Children enter care either on a voluntary basis or through a placement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection.

Foster care may be needed because a birth family is experiencing stress and does not have effective support networks, or parents may be experiencing personal issues.

Who can become a foster carer?

Anyone aged over 21 years or older, with secure accommodation and appropriate space in the home can apply to become a foster carer with OzChild. Race, gender, marital status, employment, sexuality and religion do not affect a person’s eligibility to become a foster carer.

What support do foster carers receive?

OzChild provides full training and ongoing support with the aim of safely reuniting children back to their families. Foster carers receive 24/7 Case Manager and after hours support.

Do you know someone who would make a great carer? Refer them to the OzChild Referral Reward Program.

In a recent carer survey, OzChild was ranked the highest overall foster care organisation providing support with measures including respect, support and communication.*

Foster Care Association Victoria Survey 2017

How to become a foster carer

Contact us

Register your interest here, call 1800 954 550 or e-mail: fostercarerecruitment@ozchild.org.au.

Talk to our carer recruitment team

Once you have made an enquiry, our team will contact you and send you an enquiry pack with further information.

Attend one of our information sessions

Meet with our staff and current foster carers to get an idea of how foster care works. View dates here.

Complete our training program

We provide you with ongoing training and support to ensure you are confident in supporting foster children in your care.

Foster carers are urgently needed to help vulnerable children for a night, a week or longer.

Contact our recruitment team to find out how you can help.

OzChild Referral Reward Program

OzChild Referral Reward Program

Do you know someone who would make a great foster carer or TFCO carer? Refer them to become a full-time carer* and you could receive a $1000 gift certificate! *conditions apply

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