Foster care is about looking after children and young people when they are unable to remain with their own families, often due to abuse or neglect. We believe in families staying together, but when this is not possible due to breakdowns or court orders, Barnardos Australia provides different types of foster care, depending on the needs of the child.

Each child at Barnardos Australia has come from a different situation and has unique needs.

Sometimes foster care is only required on weekends, some for two months, some for two years and some forever. But in every situation there is a common goal – a stable and nurturing home. Read more about the different types of foster care.

A foster carer becomes an integral part of the child’s life and provides a safe, secure and stable environment for these vulnerable children and young people. The time, patience and openness that a foster carer provides can help these children recover from traumatic experiences.

Barnardos Australia needs single people, couples and families from diverse backgrounds in order to meet the wide-ranging needs of the children requiring foster care. We provide foster carers 24-hour support and a generous tax-free allowance in most situations.

If you're ready to open your heart and home to a child, this may be the journey for you.

Yes, it will be challenging. But the rewards will be indescribable.

Count yourself in and start the journey to become a foster carer today.

Take our quiz now.

If you would like to speak to someone about becoming a foster carer, please call 1800 663 441 or fill out our online enquiry form.

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