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Become a foster carer

Become a foster carer

Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times. 

Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal. 

At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice to support the care of vulnerable children and young people in our community. 

With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer. 

We are always looking for more carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you. 


Training and support 

We provide specialised training and ongoing assistance so you can best support the children and young people in your care.

This support includes: 


Comprehensive training on parenting approaches to support healing and skill development
Ongoing support, supervision and practical assistance from a designated case worker
Access to dedicated care team
After hours on-call service 
Access to respite care for your foster child when you need some extra support

How do I become a foster carer? 

Get in touch

Register your interest and we'll give you a call about becoming a foster carer.

Attend an information session

Learn about becoming a foster carer and receive information to help you make an informed decision.

Complete accreditation

To ensure the safety of children in care, part of the assessment will include Health Checks, National Police Check, Working with Children's Check and a Home and Environment Check. 

Attend Shared Lives Victoria training

Receive information about fostering children and child safety as well as a range of comprehensive resources to support you throughout your foster care journey.

Home visits and assessment 

This involves interviews with you and everyone who lives in your home. A detailed assessment report is submitted to an approval panel for review. Once accredited, we will match you with a child or young person and provide you with ongoing support.


"The reward is seeing the children blossom, get on with their lives and smiles on their faces" - Maree

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.