Become a foster carer today with Barnardos and be rewarded for life

Barnardos Australia is currently looking for permanent foster carers to look after children / young people aged between 0 - 12 years old. We offer our carers ongoing training and 24/7 support, along with a generous non-taxable allowance and will be eligible for Centrelink entitlements.

For more information on becoming a foster carer please contact: 1800 663 441 or visit

Therapeutic foster carer needed 

Therapeutic foster carers are urgently needed.

Barnardos is offering $1500 per week for a foster carer couple to be part of a therapeutic care team.

Together with Barnardos, you will assist a 10yr old boy in addressing his psychological needs, particularly attachment and trauma issues, emotional dysregulation, grief and loss, social skills and self-esteem.

In addition to a $1500 weekly care allowance, you will be supported by a Therapeutic Care Team which includes a Case Manager, Therapeutic Mentor, Youth Worker and Consultant Clinician. You will receive fortnightly respite, comprehensive training and direct counselling support.

If you are interested in this exciting role, please contact Barnardos Carer Enquiry Team today on 1800 663 441

Please see below one of our boys James that need urgent care.



James is a lively 10-year-old boy who has a great imagination and loves playing “Power Rangers” and other make believe games. James enjoys spending time at the pool, making new friends at the park and playing on the equipment and seeing movies.

James needs a carer family who understand trauma and why he often gets angry. He needs lots of supervision and attention to help him feel safe. James requires a family where he would be the only child in the household.

A carer family for James would be able to provide a consistent routine, strong boundaries and the capacity to take James to his appointments with his paediatrician and psychologist. James needs adults who can stay calm and friendly with him as he struggles to manage his emotions. James can become frustrated and hit out at people, swear, shout and cause damage to things, because he cannot control himself when the anger comes.

Eric has settled into his new home


UPDATE: Barnardos has identified a placement option for Eric, and he is settled into his new home. We would like to thank everyone who contacted Barnardos regarding Eric and expressed an interest in undertaking a caring role for him.

Eric is a 10-year-old boy of average build, slightly smaller for his age with light brown hair, light complexion and blue eyes. Eric is very sporty but finds it hard to play games with his peers. He is very competitive and doesn’t like to lose. Eric gets frustrated and bored quite easily.

Eric is a delightful, funny, very active boy, who can be extremely affectionate and endearing. At the same time, he can exhibit oppositional and aggressive behaviour. He has little awareness of his own physical safety and can display a high need to control his environment. Past behaviours include running away and little concept of stranger danger.

Eric attends regular therapy to address his behaviour and sensory needs.


Foster carers needed 

Could you open your home to care for a child in need?

Barnardos are looking for dedicated people to provide a short-term home for school aged children (5 years and above) for a period of 6 months to 2 years.

As a foster carer you will be paid for your time and effort. We offer our carers a generous allowance from $1350 a fortnight.

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.

In addition to a $1350 fortnightly care allowance you will also get comprehensive training and 24 hour support.

We are looking for carers who have got lots of love, time and support to offer a child. A flexible working environment is required so you are available to meet the child’s needs.

If you think you could welcome a child into your family for a short time, we’d love to talk to you.

If you are interested in this exciting role, please contact Barnardos Enquiry Team today on 1800 663 441.

Xander and Kyle

Xander and Kyle

Brothers Xander 6 years and Kyle 5 years

Barnardos are seeking a permanent home for 2 brothers aged 6 and 5 years.

Xander, aged 6, is thoughtful and caring with an infectious grin. He enjoys taking care of animals, riding his bike and playing board games. He is quietly spoken, loves to help with chores and responds well to routine and predictability in his environment.

Kyle, aged 5, is friendly, outgoing and willing to give everything a go. He loves to play board games and really likes to win. He also enjoys puzzles, games on the iPad, Lego and riding his bike, especially now that he doesn’t need training wheels. Kyle is kind and helpful to other children; if there aren’t enough bikes for everyone Kyle will give his up so others can have a turn.

Xander and Kyle require a family who can provide them with love, stability, kindness, understanding and consistency.

* Please note: Names changed and models used to protect privacy

Tara, Ruby and Sadie

Tara Ruby and Sadie

Sisters Tara 11 years, Ruby 7 years and Sadie 4 years

Barnardos are seeking a permanent home for 3 sisters aged 11, 7 and 4 years

Tara, Ruby and Sadie require carers who can provide them with love, stability, kindness, understanding and consistency.

Tara, aged 11, is polite, affectionate and enjoys sports such as soccer. Ruby, aged 7, loves princesses and crafts. Sadie, aged 4, enjoys singing and playing outside. The girls enjoy each other’s company and will thrive in a calm and relaxed environment. 

They need a positive environment in which they can reach their full potential and form stable and positive attachments.

* Please note: Names changed and models used to protect privacy

Katie has found a permanent family!


Katie, a gentle and caring 7 year old girl had experienced a lot of upheaval in her short life and needed a patient, supportive foster family to help her manage her epilepsy.

UPDATE! Katie has now transitioned to her permanent family in South West Sydney. She has settled in and enjoys spending time dancing, singing and jumping on the trampoline. Playing the flute is a new activity Katie enjoys along with tennis. Her carers are committed to meeting her needs and providing a safe and secure home.

* Please note: Names changed and models used to protect privacy.