Meet the young people

Meet the Young People

The young people in the specialised foster care program have often experienced abuse, neglect or family violence to no fault of their own. What they need is someone who can provide them with support, routine, love and guidance over a 9-month period whilst they transition to living with family or long-term foster carers.

*Images and names have been changed to protect the identities of the young people and their families.

What are the young people like?

Most of the young people in the program have experienced abuse, neglect or family violence and have been in foster care for many years to no fault of their own.
The young people who come into the specialised foster care program want to go home and live with family, however they often have developed some tricky behaviours due to their trauma experiences as well as the lack of routine, safety and stability.
But they are just young people, who need help to get them back on track so they can be reunited with their family.


Ashley* loves the Mandalorian, playing with technology, sleepovers with his mates and eating spicy foods.

Ashley* would thrive with a carer who is sensitive to his needs and creates a supportive and consistent home environment.


Jenny* loves watching Netflix, hanging out with her friends after school and swimming at the pool.

When Jenny* grows up she wants to work with animals as a vet. She would thrive in a home where she can express herself.


Rachael* loves singing, watching YouTube videos and learning all things hair and makeup.

Rachael* would do well in a household where she can be allowed to explore her interests and spend quality time with her carers.


Liam* is a video-game lover, enjoys riding his bike and getting to the pool to swim.

Liam* would thrive in a household where clear boundaries are set and opportunities to connect with his carers for quality time.

Care for those who need it the most

Do you think you can…

  • Provide a safe and positive living environment?

  • Pass on simple life lessons like how to ride a bicycle or how to brush your teeth?

  • Take the young person to appointments (e.g. swimming lessons, contact with siblings or family, counselling)?

  • Be there for them when they want to talk?

  • Give the young person a sense of belonging?

  • Give the young person one-on-one attention?

  • Provide routine, love and support?

  • Guide the young person through ups and down with the support of the team at OzChild?

Sound like you could be the difference in a young person life?

Get your Specialised Foster Care Information Pack

You can find the essential information you need to become a specialised foster carer with OzChild in this pack. Our info pack will guide you through the process, answering questions you may still have so that you can provide a safe and loving home for a vulnerable young person in need. Your decision to become a specialised foster carer can change a young person’s life, giving them the care and support they deserve.

By submitting the enquiry form, you’re not signing up for anything; we are simply providing you with more information, some videos to watch and the next steps.

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

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