Rainbow families - Barnardos Australia

The joy and love of adoption and fostering

John Guthrie and his partner Dennis Cash have fostered six different teenagers long-term over the past 17-or-so years, as well as fostering the occasional toddler on their way to being adopted. Read about their experiences as Barnardos Australia foster carers in this Star Observer article.

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Our carers talk about fostering with Barnardos


Barnardos respite foster carer Patrick explains what respite care involves and how looking after a child one weekend a month suits his busy lifestyle but still gives him a chance to make a real difference in a child's life.


Simon and Wally’s fostering journey led to adoption – they tell of the joys and challenges fostering brings.

John talks about how he and his partner feel about being adolescent foster carers with Barnardos.



Meet Naomi - a crisis carer for Barnardos. She shares the stories of some of the children that have come into her care.


For more information about becoming a foster carer with Barnardos, or to take our online quiz, please visit our Become a Carer section.