Make your ordinary a foster child's extraordinary

We urgently need more foster carers.

More than 45,000 children in Australia can't live with their parents due to severe abuse and neglect.* 
These children desperately need what most of us take for granted every day – a safe place to call home.

Whether it be one weekend a month, a year or a lifetime, you have the power to change a child’s life by becoming a Barnardos foster carer.

As a foster carer you will have responsibility for the day-to-day care of a child in your home and provide a safe, secure and consistent home environment. You will be guided every step of the way, with comprehensive training, 24 hour support, regular home visits and an allowance to help you support the child in your care.

We are looking for foster carers in NSW to open their hearts and homes to children in need, including those who are willing to provide a caring environment for sibling groups and adolescents. 

Becoming a foster carer may seem like a big step – and it is – but it provides the safety and security that vulnerable Australian children so desperately need.

If you think you can offer help and hope to a child in need then speak to our carer team on 1800 663 441

Alternately you can fill out our online enquiry form or attend an information session to find out more.

*AIHW 2018 report

Hear from some of our wonderful foster carers who share their stories and talk about their experiences.

David and Tara.

Meet David, 45 and Tara, 34. Their family of five has given seven babies a brighter future through foster care.


Meet Sharon, 48. Providing a decade of love and safety for babies and toddlers through Barnardos short-term foster care.


Meet Sean, 36. Single gay man, full time worker, and proud foster parent to two young people.


Meet Stephen, 65. He and his wife Brenda provide short-term care for sibling groups and primary school aged children.


Meet Leah, 44. A single parent who is proof you can change a child’s world through foster care.


Meet Pippa, 36. A single woman from Western Sydney who opens her home to sibling groups in need of care.

Ronnie and Paul.

Meet Ronnie, 39 and Paul, 45. Adoptive parents of three siblings through Barnardos Foster-to-adopt.