Foster Care staging

Our foster care program places children and young people who are unable to live at home in temporary care, giving them a place where they can feel safe.

40+

Years of foster care experience

800+

Foster and kinship carers

1,164

Children and young people supported

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“The joy we have experienced since becoming foster carers is incredible! And our own children (now adults) wouldn’t be the beautiful people they are today if we hadn’t decided all those years ago to foster.”

Working Full-Time, Single, Renting, Living With a Disability

Are you eligible to become a carer?

Everybody is capable of caring. Foster carers come from a diverse range of cultures, religions, sexual orientations, families and marital status. And yes, single people make great foster carers too!

What’s most important is your capacity to help a child thrive.

You can become a foster carer with OzChild if you:

  • Are over 21

  • Live in our service area

  • Can provide a clean and safe living space

  • Have a spare bedroom

  • Have the time to care for a child in need (working full-time is fine)

  • Are willing to nurture someone else’s child who’s going through a difficult time

Sound like it could work for you?
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Lara

Have more questions?

Give our recruitment team a call on 1800 954 550 or email fostercare@ozchild.org.au
We’d love to help!

Frequently Asked Questions

You might be wondering…

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.

We care for children and young people between the ages of 0-18. We will help you consider the age and needs of the child you feel best match your family, interests, lifestyle and skills to help make the best possible match.

Yes. Whilst it may be one member of the household driving the application, it is a requirement that both partners complete training and assessment. Children in the home are also included in parts of the assessment. It is also encouraged that other household members especially those over the age of 18 attend training.

Foster care is not paid employment. Foster carers receive a tax-free fortnightly carer contribution based on the age of the child to help feed, clothe, educate and meet the needs of the foster child in their care.

We care a lot about our carers.
On a daily basis, you will be supported by a team of professionals!

Your Case Manager is there for you for both practical support with the child in your care but also for emotional support. Having a Carer Support Worker is unique to OzChild. They will be checking in with you on a regular basis and are your go to OzChild person during office hours.

There is also a 24/7 on-call service who are there to provide you with whatever support you need on the weekends, on public holidays and in the middle of the night. We’ve got your covered all hours of the day. And then there are lots of other professionals available to make sure the child/young person in your care receive the support they need from teachers, to speech pathologists and from psychologists to behavioural therapists.
At OzChild, not only have we had a Carer Strategy since 2020, we also have an ongoing commitment to work in partnership with you and all other OzChild carers to ensure you receive the best possible support.

The aim of foster care is to provide temporary care to a child with the aim of the child returning to their birth family. If the Children’s Court decide the child will not be returning to their family, discussions will occur on a case by case basis as to whether the child moves into a longer-term foster care placement or permanent care.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, give our recruitment team a call on 1800 954 550 or email fostercare@ozchild.org.au, we’d love to help!

​OzChild is one of the longest-serving Not for Profit organisations for children, young people and families in Australia.​ ​ OzChild has been around for 170 years, and we are focused on providing support for children and young people in foster and kinship care with a focus on keeping families together where possible. Over the years, we have transformed into a modern organisation with many evidence-based programs and services.

Still unsure if foster caring is right for you?

Caring for someone else’s child is a big decision. If you’re not ready to attend an info session and would like to read a bit more, we can send you a great guide that answers the following questions:

  • Types of foster care
  • How long does placement last?
  • Foster care myths
  • How long does it take to become a foster carer?
  • Will I be interviewed or assessed before becoming a foster carer?
  • Can I be a foster carer for Aboriginal children?
  • What does maintaining connection to the birth family involve?
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Who are we supporting with our foster care program?

Our foster care program supports children and young people between the ages of 0-17 who are unable to live at home or with other family members. The aim of foster care is to place children and young people with accredited foster carers, giving them a place where they feel safe and supported. Foster care placements can range from short, medium or long term with the ultimate aim of reuniting the child with their birth family.

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Who can become a foster carer?

Foster carers come from all types of family units (including singles), backgrounds and cultures. Race, gender, marital status, religion or sexual orientation have absolutely no bearing on eligibility. At OzChild, we value all prospective foster carers with the qualities and beliefs that we know will give every child and young person the chance to shine. As long as you are over the age of 21, able to provide secure accommodation and appropriate space in your home, and live within our Melbourne service areas or Queensland service areas, you can become a foster carer.

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45,000
Children and young people are in need of care each year
550
The number of children, young people and family members OzChild supports on any given night
Every 45 minutes
A child enters the care system in Australia

How are services delivered?

Children and young people in need of care are referred to OzChild by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing once it has been deemed that they can no longer live at home. OzChild then works with its existing foster carer pool to find the most suitable placement for the child or young person.

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More information about our foster care program

Intake

For further information about Intake, please call the relevant office: Dandenong (03 9212 3900), Frankston (03 8796 0000), Yarraville (03 9212 3977) or Ipswich (07 4591 8523)

Become an OzChild foster carer

Start your journey today and become a foster carer. Our information sessions are a great way to learn about foster care from our experienced staff. Click here to find out more if you’re based in Melbourne or Click here to find out more if you’re based in Queensland.

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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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