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At CatholicCare Sydney we’re committed to helping children, young people and their families. Foster care provides a secure and safe home for children who can’t live at home with their parents or family.The time foster carers give – be it a few weeks, months or a permanent arrangement – can make a world of difference in a child’s life.

Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the number of children and young people placed in out-of-home care.  In NSW, there are almost 20,000 children in Out of Home Care and over 60 children and young people entering care every week.

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is needed when children and young people, through no fault of their own, cannot live with their own parents or families. Foster care offers children and young people the support of a loving family home, either on a short term basis while decisions are being made about their future, or on a permanent arrangement until the child or young person is 18 years old.   

As a foster carer you can choose whether you would like to provide immediate, interim or long-term care. Foster carers may also consider guardianship or open adoption from care.  Whatever you choose to do, your commitment will be valued.

Becoming a foster carer also means working as part of a team in a shared parenting role and upholding the legal requirements to keep the child safe.  A carer needs to be prepared to commit to meeting all of a child’s needs and be child-focused when making decisions.

Why do children come into care?

Children and young people come into foster care for many different reasons, including:

  • abuse and/or neglect
  • parental illness including mental illness
  • lack of family supports
  • disability or family crisis

Children can come into foster care at all ages and they all need suitable people to care for them. In some cases this is a temporary arrangement or short term care until parents, having received the necessary support are able to resume care of their child. Our aim is for children and young people to remain with their own families whenever possible.

Some children may not be able to return home and will need committed people to care for them until they are 18 years old and beyond, whether through guardianship, open adoption or long-term foster care. The Safe Home for Life Reforms emphasise the need for stability and permanency for children who are in care.  

If you think you can provide a safe and caring home for a child or for more information about CatholicCare Sydney’s Foster Care and Adoption Services—simply follow one of the three easy steps below:

Make an online enquiry

You can make an online enquiry at any time and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. All we need is some basic contact details and some information about what you’re interested in.

Download the factsheet

You can download the factsheet that includes information on the different types of care. Alternatively, this information is also available in the tabs in the right hand side of this page.

Speak to us now

You can call us directly on (02) 8700 3333 and speak to a member of our team. We’ll answer any questions you might have and discuss the next steps with you.

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision, but your care really can change a child’s life. We’d love to hear from you.