Frequently Asked Questions - OzChild

Foster care FAQs


We know that becoming a foster carer is a big decision and you probably have a lot of questions. We’re here to answer them for you.

Simply register your details on our enquiry form to begin. We will then be in contact to discuss the next steps.

You must be aged 21 and over to become a carer.

After the initial screening process, you’ll be asked to complete an application, followed by training. It typically takes between 6 – 8 months, from the point of your initial enquiry to accreditation.

The assessment process ensures you have all the support and training you need to become a foster carer. Learn more here.

Yes. Whether you work full time or part time, OzChild will offer appropriate placements that fit in with your lifestyle and working hours.

Children in need of care range from infants through to teenagers and young adults aged 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. We welcome applications from individuals, couples and families with or without their own children.

No. We support and welcome applicants from cultural, religious and sexually diverse backgrounds.

Foster carers receive a tax-free fortnightly carer contribution based on the age of the child in order to cover the everyday costs of caring for a child. A number of other payments and reimbursements are available dependent on certain circumstances.