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On-call foster care (Retainer)

Providing short-term, emergency care for children and young people in need.

Children and young people often require short-term emergency accommodation at a moment’s notice. This can often be while a long-term placement is being planned or when other suitable home-based care options are not available.

The objective of the retainer model is to ensure children and young people always have a safe place to call home and to keep them connected to their local community, with a focus on school and kindergarten attendance.

Can you spare one week per month?

We are currently seeking people who are passionate about making a difference and are able to provide a safe place for a child or young person in their own own.

As an on-call foster carer, you will be rostered on for a period of between 4-7 nights per month and will receive an allowance, regardless of whether you care for a child during that period or not.

What support will you receive?

OzChild will provide you with full training and ongoing support and you will be further supported by a dedicated team of carers during your rostered week.

All on-call foster carers must reside within Metropolitan Western Melbourne. View a map of the areas we service with this program.

Become an on-call
foster carer

If you’re passionate about caring for children and young people and believe they all deserve a safe place to call home, we’d love to hear from you.

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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.

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

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