Become a Foster Carer

Foster Care - Become a foster carer with Berry Street


Every child deserves a good childhood. Foster care is a way of providing family life for a vulnerable child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family.

As a foster carer, you can help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children who are unable to live with their own families.

In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has risen every year over the last ten years. Berry Street is searching for caring and resourceful people who can provide a secure home environment to the rising number of children in need.
You can make a difference.

Could I be a foster carer?


At Berry Street, our foster carers are wonderfully diverse in terms of age, background, relationship status and experience. If you are over 21 and can offer a child or young person a safe and nurturing home environment, we will welcome your application.


We welcome carers from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences - married, single, or same-sex couples, with or without children, divorced or de facto.

Learn more about your eligibility to become a foster carer by reading our Foster Care FAQs or register for an information session.


What will I receive?


As a foster carer, you will receive:
  • 24 hour support and practical help from a dedicated team of experienced Berry Street professionals
  • financial support in the form of a fortnightly, tax-free reimbursement
  • ongoing training and access to support programs to help develop skills you will use as a foster carer

Learn more about financial and other support you will receive, check out our Foster Care FAQs or register for an information session.


Can I choose the type of foster care that I provide?


We are seeking carers to provide:

  • Respite care (one or two weekends a month)
  • Emergency care (for children who require an immediate placement)
  • Short-term care (less than six months)
  • Long-term care (more than six months)

You can nominate the type of care you would like to provide and, as part of the application process, Berry Street will work with you to help you make a final decision on the option that best suits you.

Learn more about types of foster care available, read our Foster Care FAQs or register for an information session.


2016 foster care information sessions


Eaglemont (northern metro)
Phone 03 9450 4700 to register.
  • 4th July, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 15th August, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 5th September, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 3rd October, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 7th November, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 5th December, 6.00-7.30pm

Clayton
Phone 03 9239 1400 to register.
  • 7th July, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 8th September, 6.00-7.30pm
  • 10th November, 6.00-7.30pm

Ballarat
Phone 03 5330 5000 to register.
  • 20th June, 5.30-6.30pm
  • 15th September, 5.30-6.30pm

Shepparton
Phone 03 5822 8100 to arrange a time with us.

Morwell
Phone 03 5134 5971 for details.