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Foster care

We need  people from a diverse range of backgrounds, across NSW, to become foster carers.

You can be of any religious, ethnic or language background, young, old, married, single, with or without children.

All people wishing to apply to become a foster carer must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • in good health
  • willing to undertake a working with children check

Potential carers could be:

  • single, married, in a de-facto or same-sex relationship
  • already have a family, or never have had children
  • work full-time or part-time, or be a stay-at-home parent

Foster Carers need to be compassionate, flexible, have respect for children, and work well as a member of a team.  

The most important thing is a willingness to open your home and your heart to a child who has had a difficult start to life.  

What support will I receive?

You will receive ongoing support and case management from your agency. As a minimum this will include:

  • regular meetings and home visits with your case manager
  • 24-hour telephone support for emergency situations
  • professional support in dealing with any behavioural, physical and emotional difficulties the child may be experiencing
  • assistance with birth family contact

All foster carers will also have access to ongoing support and training offered by My Forever Family NSW.

What financial assistance will I receive?

Foster carers are volunteers so you don’t receive a wage. You will receive a foster carer allowance that is a contribution towards ensuring a child has everything that they need.  The allowance is based on the age of the child you are caring for.

As with all parents, foster carers are eligible for financial assistance from Centrelink depending on their work and financial circumstances.

Find more about financial assistance in our resources 

Types of Foster Care

My Forever Family and the agencies we work with are seeking all kinds of foster carers, including for emergency care, respite care and restoration so that children and families can be supported close to home and within their existing community wherever possible.

Read about types of foster care

How do I apply to become a foster carer?

If you wish to become a foster carer, contact My Forever Family.  Our Carer Support Team will ask you some questions about yourself, and then refer you to an appropriate agency in your local area.

The agency will get in touch with you about beginning your application and assessment to become a foster carer. Usually this involves:

  • attending a group information session or an information session at your home
  • submitting an application that includes completing medical and police checks and supplying character references
  • a series of visits to your home from an agency representative to discuss your application, and what sort of care you could provide
  • Attending the Shared Stories, Shared Lives foster carer training

Contact My Forever Family now and take the first step towards becoming a foster carer