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Thinking about fostering? 
Learn more below or call 1300 2 FOSTER (367 837) for more information.
You can also contact non-government foster care agencies directly

We need all kinds of foster carers – from emergency carers who can take children at short notice to those who can provide a home for children until they turn 18. Whether it’s a weekend, a week in the school holidays, a fortnight, a month or longer, any amount of your time could really make a difference.

Foster carers are generally aged between 25 and 70 and can be:

  • individuals (male or female)
  • couples (including same sex couples)
  • people with their own children
  • people who do not have children.
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Types of foster care

What type of foster care is right for you?
Foster care agencies

Foster care agencies

Find the agency nearest you.
Steps to becoming a foster carer

Steps to becoming a foster carer

Learn about foster care and who can be a carer.
Foster care information sessions

Foster care information sessions

If you're thinking about becoming a foster carer, these information sessions can answer your questions.
Foster carer stories

Foster carer stories

Hear from foster carers about why they choose to care.
Common questions about foster care bean

Common questions about foster care

Find answers to the questions we're asked most often.