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Become a Foster Carer

Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience. You can help create a brighter future for vulnerable children and young people.

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Become a Specialised Foster Carer

Specialised foster carers are an integral part of our evidence-based program Treatment Foster Care Oregon. Be part of this life-changing program today.

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Careers at OzChild

Join us and find your Career at OzChild as we strive to ensure brighter futures for children, young people and families. View all our current vacancies.

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Upcoming Foster Care Information Sessions

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Success Stories

Khyl’s story

Khyl

Khyl’s time in care hasn’t been easy, he comes with baggage, his trauma. This World Care Day Khyl shares his story about being in out-of-home care and living with OzChild foster Carer, Emily.

Khyl’s story

Kai’s story

Kai

Kai* entered foster care in January 2020 aged 14. When he arrived, he had been diagnosed with moderate depression, social anxiety and moderate OCD and he had been refusing to take his medication for some time.

Kai’s story

Bella’s story

Bella

Bella and her parents were referred to OzChild’s Stepping Stones to School (SS2S) program by her kindergarten teacher. Five-year-old Bella was attending her second year of four-year-old kinder.

Bella’s story

40+

Years of foster care experience

800+

Foster and kinship carers

1,164

Children and young people supported

Latest News

News

A holistic approach to rising youth offending rates

Recent data reveals a troubling trend in youth crime, with the number of juvenile offenders in Australia rising for the first time in over a decade. The Australian Bureau of…

Event

CREATE’S Voices in Action Conference

Earlier this year, the CREATE Foundation’s ‘Voices in Action’ conference was held in Adelaide, bringing together over 500 participants, including young people with lived experience of out-of-home care, policymakers, service…

Event

Something for Everyone

Today we celebrate National Volunteer Week, a week-long celebration and appreciation of the diverse contributions volunteers give to make this world a better place.   It’s an opportunity to celebrate and…

The OzChild Story

We had about an hour’s notice, but we were prepared, we had a bed, a cot, some clothes, and some other basics. Read more about Chrissy’s remarkable story.

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Our Evidence-Based Approach

For many years OzChild has been delivering Family Law Services in South West Victoria. Our teams in Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton and Camperdown provide family relationship information, deliver parenting programs…

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Families Need Our Help!

Make a donation of as little as $5 and you could help break the cycle of intergenerational violence in families, giving them hope for a safer future for children.

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The Work We Do

Foster and Kinship Care

Our foster and kinship care programs provide safe and loving homes for children and young people in need, whilst providing full training and support to our community of carers.

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Prevention and Strengthening
Families

Through the delivery of early intervention and prevention programs, our Prevention and Strengthening services support and repair family relationships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You can work full-time and foster. We tailor our support to ensure your foster care household and child/young person in your care thrives.

Yes. If you are a single person and have the energy and patience and care about children, you can become a foster carer.

Yes. OzChild welcomes carers from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and same sex relationships.

Children in foster care need privacy and a place to store their belongings, which means you need to have one spare bedroom in order to become a carer. If you live in a 1-bedroom house or apartment and you’re just wanting to care for little babies, they can sleep in a cot in your bedroom but only up to the age of one.

From the point of enquiry to accreditation as a foster carer, the process can take anywhere between 4 – 7 months.

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Find out everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer with this free info pack. Simply fill out the form and we’ll send it to your nominated email address.

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Acknowledgement of Country


OzChild acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We acknowledge their cultures are living ones, which relate to their ongoing connection to all things living and non-living on land, sea and sky.

We pay our respect to Elders past and present.

May the children of today lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

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