A change of heart changes lives forever

Foster care is a rewarding and enriching experience for both you and the child in your care. By caring for a child in need, you’re helping to change their life and opening up a world of possibility for them.

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The heart truth

Every year, more than 45,000 children across Australia are in need of a loving home. We help connect these children with foster carers that can provide them with a safe and stable environment. All young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The heart facts

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7,000

OzChild supports over 7,000 children and families a year.

45,000

Over 45,000 children are in need of care each year.

45

Every 45 minutes a child enters the care system in Australia.

The three Cs of foster care: compassion, commitment and connection.

Important
things to know

You’ll never be alone on your journey. We recognise that our carers need ongoing support in order to provide the best care possible and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

  1. We’re proud to provide the highest levels of ongoing training and support to our carer community.
  2. Carers experience a tailored Case Worker/Carer Support model unique to OzChild. This also includes after-hours support.
  3. You will receive a fortnightly tax-free allowance to cover all expenses related to the child in your care.

Why OzChild?

For nearly 170 years, we’ve been an independent not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the lives of at-risk children and young people every day.

Our vision

It is our goal to see that all children and young people are safe, respected and nurtured, and reach their full potential.

Our purpose

We support vulnerable children and young people by providing healing, preventing abuse and neglect, and strengthening families.

Become a
carer

If you’re ready to open your heart and home, you can start your foster carer journey by finding out more about what’s involved.

Need more information?

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision, we get that. If you’re not quite ready to take the next step, that’s okay — there are still other ways you can support our work.

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Let's get started.

We’re ready to hear from you now! Call our foster care team directly on 1800 954 550 or click to begin.

Let's get started.

Call our team directly on 1800 982 115 or click to begin.

Let's get started.

Call our team directly on 1800 870 070 or click to begin.

The application process, in a nutshell…

  • Foster caring begins with an information session or one-on-one interview.
  • Successful applicants are then invited to attend a training course.
  • You will be required to undergo screening checks, including a Police Check, Working With Children Check, a medical review and referee checks.
  • The screening process, from initial interview to screening checks, takes 3–6 months to be approved.
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Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the OzChild family.

Your enquiry has been successfully sent and our team will be in contact with you in the next few business business days.

In the meantime, connect with us on social.



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We currently provide Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) in your area.

Become a carer in our internationally proven foster care program and help support some of Australia’s most vulnerable children.
Contact details
Preferred contact method
Preferred contact time

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the OzChild family.

Your enquiry has been successfully sent and our team will be in contact with you in the next few business business days.

In the meantime, connect with us on social.



Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again later.

We currently provide Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) in your area.

Become a carer in our internationally proven foster care program and help support some of Australia’s most vulnerable children.
Contact details
Preferred contact method
Preferred contact time

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the OzChild family.

Your enquiry has been successfully sent and our team will be in contact with you in the next few business business days.

In the meantime, connect with us on social.



Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again later.

Contact details
We do not currently provide foster care services in SA, WA, TAS, NT or the ACT.

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the OzChild family.

Your enquiry has been successfully sent and our team will be in contact with you shortly.

In the meantime, connect with us on social.



Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again later.

Attend an information session

Our information sessions are a chance for you to learn more about foster care, the application process, and chat with current foster carers and OzChild staff.

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Tell a friend

If you know someone who would make a great foster carer, help us spread the word and share this info with them.

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Make a donation

Donations can help us to protect, nurture and develop Australian children and young people, and aid in the planning of new services for future generations.

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