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How to become a foster carer

Children and young people have become increasingly vulnerable due to COVID-19. We need new foster carers to ensure we can give kids a chance.

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An important message from the OzChild foster care team

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak we must continue to deliver our foster care programs and services to vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home care and provide support for our carers.

We are working hard to maintain our services while keeping our carers, staff and the children and young people in our care safe during these uncertain times.

We will continue to accept enquiries, conduct training and assessments and run information sessions either over the phone or online, to ensure the safety of both you and our staff.

Unfortunately, the need for new foster carers doesn’t stop during a crisis. If you think you could help and would like to learn more please contact us on 1800 954 550 or email fostercarerecruitment@ozchild.org.au.

Our team would love to hear from you and has plenty of resources available to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about becoming a foster carer.


How to become a foster carer

Every year, new homes are needed for thousands of vulnerable children and young people across Victoria. As a foster carer, you will 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that deciding to become a foster carer is a big decision. That’s why we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for answers to some of the most common questions about foster care.


What is the best thing about being a foster carer?
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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.

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 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. With 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

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More children and young people will become increasingly vulnerable due to the COVID-19 crisis. We need new foster carers now to ensure we can give kids a chance. Could you care?

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