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Become a foster carer

There are thousands of children and young people in Victoria who need a safe and loving home. If you're thinking of becoming a foster carer, explore how below.

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Why should you care?

Every year, new homes are needed for thousands of vulnerable children and young people across Victoria. Foster carers play a critical role in supporting these children and young people by giving them a safe place to call home.

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 and able to provide secure accommodation and appropriate space in your home, you can become a foster carer.

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Who Cares? Podcast

Want to know what being a foster carer is really like? Tune in to the Who Cares? podcast to hear directly from the carers themselves!

How will OzChild support you?

Every OzChild carer household is supported by our Caring Team approach. Our dedicated Case Managers provide a holistic approach to the child or young person in your care and all members of your caring household while our national Thriving Families carer strategy aims to continually improve the carer household experience.

Thriving Families Change Lives

Thriving Families
Change Lives​​

Thriving Families Change Lives​​ is OzChild’s 2020-2023 Carer Strategy.

Respect, support, communication and above all, relationship are the foundations of our Thriving Families carer strategy. Through this three-year strategy, we will demonstrate and lead real change in how the community and sector view the role of carers.

Download the full strategy

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

What type of care can you provide?

With both short and long-term care opportunities available, there’s one that can fit into your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are six important steps to welcoming your first child and/or young person into your home, and OzChild are with you every step of the way.

We guide all our prospective carers through a thorough recruitment process to ensure we provide safe and loving homes for children and young people. Our recruitment process is based on state wide standardised assessment and training guidelines from the Victorian Government.

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

Yes. Foster care is a commitment from the whole family, and when you become carers you become a foster care household. We strongly encourage all adults in the household to undertake the Shared Lives training to ensure they feel well prepared and confident for their role as a foster carer.

Case Managers

Our Case Managers provide a holistic approach to the child or young person in your care and all members of your caring household through a care team approach.

The voice of the child is central to what we do: “To tell someone if l am unhappy and have a worker who is there for me” through one on one time between the case manager and child.

Case Managers assess and plan to meet the needs of children and young people through the Looking After Children Framework. This includes overseeing referrals, cultural support planning, promoting contact, court reports, case administration, carer supervision and building relationships with the child and young person.

Carer Support

Our national Thriving Families carer strategy is delivered through portfolio management to continually improve the carer household experience.

Community building, induction processes, resources, training and development, communication, intake and respite, ensures we set all caring households up for success.

This also includes conducting annual reviews and ensuring all compliance checks are up to date and ongoing reviews with carers of placement profile and ‘agreed placement matches’.

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. 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 to have their own space and privacy such as a bed and a place to store their belongings. Foster Children can share a room with your own children, taking into account the age and gender of the foster child and type of care.

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.

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.

OzChild recommends that you have finished IVF for at least 12 months before you start the foster care process. This enables you to make the emotional adjustments of not having a child of your own.

Become a
foster carer

Becoming a foster carer can be incredibly fulfilling, knowing you’re giving a child or young person in need the best chance to shine. All you need is room in your heart, and your home.

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More upcoming events

26 Feb 2020
Specialised Foster Care Information Session – Goodna
OzChild Goodna

Are you passionate about caring for children and want to be part of a program that’s achieving real outcomes? Join us for an information session to learn about our specialised…

02 Mar 2020
Specialised Foster Care Information Session – Campbelltown
OzChild Campbelltown

Are you passionate about caring for children and want to be part of a program that’s achieving real outcomes? Join us for an information session to learn about our specialised…

05 Mar 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Frankston
OzChild Frankston

Want to find out how foster care can fit into your life? Join us at our next community information session and discover how you can change the lives of children…

17 Mar 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Leongatha
Leongatha RSL

If you have ever considered being a foster carer, now is the time to learn more. Come and hear the incredible stories from our foster carers at our information session…

18 Mar 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Dandenong
OzChild Dandenong

Want to find out how foster care can fit into your life? Join us at our next community information session and discover how you can change the lives of children…

24 Mar 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Altona North
Altona North Community Library

If you have ever considered being a foster carer, now is the time to learn more. Come and hear the incredible stories from our foster carers at our information session…

25 Mar 2020
Specialised Foster Care Information Session – Dandenong
Dandenong

Are you passionate about caring for children and want to be part of a program that’s achieving real outcomes? Join us for an information session to learn about our specialised…

02 Apr 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Dandenong
OzChild Dandenong

Want to find out how foster care can fit into your life? Join us at our next community information session and discover how you can change the lives of children…

20 Apr 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Sale
Sale Greyhound Club

If you have ever considered being a foster carer, now is the time to learn more. Come and hear the incredible stories from our foster carers at our information session…

21 Apr 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Frankston
OzChild Frankston

Want to find out how foster care can fit into your life? Join us at our next community information session and discover how you can change the lives of children…

23 Apr 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Yarraville
OzChild Yarravile

OzChild is looking for 73 new foster care homes to give kids the chance at a brighter future. Foster carers, like families, come in all shapes and sizes. A foster…

07 May 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Frankston
OzChild Frankston

OzChild is looking for 73 new foster care homes to give kids the chance at a brighter future. Foster carers, like families, come in all shapes and sizes. A foster…

19 May 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Traralgon
OzChild Traralgon

If you have ever considered being a foster carer, now is the time to learn more. Come and hear the incredible stories from our foster carers at our information session…

20 May 2020
Foster Care Information Session – Dandenong
OzChild Dandenong

OzChild is looking for 73 new foster care homes to give kids the chance at a brighter future. Foster carers, like families, come in all shapes and sizes. A foster…

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