Fostering a child
Information about fostering a child, including how to become a foster carer, understanding your responsibilities and where to get support.
What is foster care?
Foster care is for children who cannot live with their own families. They can enter care for many reasons and at any age.
Foster carers temporarily take on the responsibilities of a parent to provide a child with a secure family environment.
This may be until a child can return to their family or until a permanent placement for them is found.
What to know before becoming a foster carer
- About foster care at Department of Communities and Justice
- Who can apply to become a foster carer at Department of Communities and Justice
- Your rights and responsibilities at Department of Communities and Justice
- Types of care at My Forever Family
How to become a foster carer
- Information on how to become a foster carer at Department of Communities and Justice
- Become a foster carer at My Forever Family
Get help with costs
Check if you're eligible for:
- Financial support for foster carers at Department of Communities and Justice
- Payments for families at Services Australia
Health care costs
- What Medicare covers for children at Services Australia
- Apply for a Foster Child Health Care Card at Services Australia
- Opal cards for children and youth at Transport for NSW
- Child and family fares for NSW regional travel at Transport for NSW
- Carer support at My Forever Family
- Peer support groups at My Forever Family
- Emotional wellbeing and mental health at Department of Communities and Justice
- Education and training for carers at Department of Communities and Justice