Am I eligible to be a foster carer?

You don’t have to be a superhero or a social worker to change a young life for the better.

Foster carers come from all walks of life but qualities like empathy, patience, energy and resilience all go a long way to providing the secure, loving support that will help make a difference.

Anyone who is over the age of 18 years, who has a stable lifestyle, relationships and accommodation can apply to become a foster carer.

The only other things you must be are:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • in good health
  • able to obtain clear Working with Children and National Police checks

You can be:

  • single
  • married
  • in a de-facto relationship
  • in a same-sex relationship
  • working full-time, part-time or not at all
  • a parent or currently childless
  • older or younger (we prefer people who are over 25, but if you’re over 18 and keen to help, talk to us about respite care. Worried you’re too old? The most important thing is that your health, energy and maturity are up to it)
  • renting or owing your home

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Are you ready to be the family a young life needs?