Become a Foster Carer

There are vulnerable children across Victoria waiting for someone like you to change the direction of their life.

Children who need foster care are some of the most vulnerable in our community. You can offer a safe and nurturing home for a local child who is unable to live with their family.

A stable home can provide a foundation for a positive future. Children who are supported and secure are more likely to experience better physical and mental health, find future employment, and are less likely to experience homelessness or issues with crime.

There are not enough foster carers for vulnerable children. We urgently need more people like you who are willing to make a difference for a child from your community.

With more than 30 years’ experience placing children in foster homes that enable children to thrive, you can be sure that we will support you and the children in your care every step of the way.

Become a Foster Carer

Be the difference a child needs

If you can offer a safe and nurturing environment for a child who needs foster care, we need you.

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FAQ

You might have a few questions about what it means to be a foster carer. You’ll find some of the answers here. If you don’t find the answer to your question, get in touch with us – we’d love to talk to you.

Who can be a foster carer?

At Uniting, we believe family comes in all shapes and sizes.

Foster carers are people who want to provide a safe, nurturing and caring environment for a child or young person who can’t live with their immediate family.

Foster carers can be of diverse religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations. They can be married, partnered or single, own a home or rent, employed or full-time at home.

All you need is willingness, patience and a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of the child or young person in your care.

What kind of children need foster care?

Children and young people from birth to 17 years of age need foster care. They may enter care individually or as a sibling group.

In many circumstances, children and young people in foster care have lived through varying degrees of trauma, loss and separation. Some of these early life experiences may mean that children have a variety of needs.

According to Fostering Connections, research shows quality foster care can vastly improve a child’s future and greatly reduce their chances of homelessness, unemployment, mental and physical health concerns, and involvement with the criminal justice system.

Your choice to become a foster carer could be life-changing for a child or young person.

How long do children need foster care?

There are opportunities to provide a range of flexible short and long-term foster care, from occasional care to give a child’s main carer a break, through to intensive care for children and young people with high support needs.

Care can vary from weeks to years and permanent care can transition to guardianship and adoption.

You can make a commitment that will fit in with your lifestyle and current responsibilities, while also making the world of difference for a child.

What kind of support is available for foster carers?

Carers are matched with Uniting caseworkers who provide comprehensive support and training.

We work closely with you to meet the needs of you and your family, as well as the needs of the child or young person in your care.

Where do we need foster carers?

Right now we urgently need more foster carers in the following regions of Victoria:

  • Melbourne’s West
  • Melbourne's East 
  • Melbourne's South
  • Wyndham
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Melton
  • Brimbank
  • Greater Geelong
  • West Victoria
  • Wimmera
  • Hindmarsh
  • Yarriambiack
  • Northern Grampians
  • Ararat
  • Outer Gippsland

Kerry's story

Kerry Post has over 12 years of foster care experience and has cared for 48 children in that time.

Peter and Maureen

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. They can be of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, be of any sexual orientation, partnered or married, employed or full-time at home.

Make a difference in a child's life.

Become a Foster Carer