Could you?

Would you open your door to a child in need?

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A little of your time can change an entire life.

In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has risen every year over the last ten years. Children who have experienced trauma and neglect need carers to provide a safe and nurturing home. With your help they can heal and look forward to the future.

 

Express your interest in becoming a foster carer

 

Jodie, Berry Street Foster Carer

A place where children feel safe

We spoke to Jodie, one of our foster carers about her experience of opening her home to children and young people in need.

Jodie is a single foster carer who works full-time while studying part-time, and is also a board member for a not-for-profit organisation. So, you might wonder, how does Jodie balance her work and study commitments while fostering?

Read Jodie's story >

The need for Carers in Victoria is rising

More than 10,000 Victorian children cannot live safely with their own parents

More than 10,000 children cannot live safely with their parents.

7.5 children in very 1,000, cannot live safely with their own parents

This equates to 7.5 children in every 1,000.

Since 2012, the number of children in out-of-home-care in Victoria has increased by 57.6%

Since 2012, this number has increased by 57.6%.

46% of all Australian children going into Care are under 5 years old.

46% of all Australian children going into Care are under 5 years old.

Child protection Australia 2016-17, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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We can only consider applications from people aged 21 and over.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Foster Care?

Foster Carers look after children when they are unable to live with their birth family due to violence, abuse and neglect. It can be for a few days, a few weeks or for much longer.

Wherever possible, the plan is to reunify children with their birth families eventually, providing this is in the best interests of the child.

Could I be a Foster Carer?

At Berry Street, our foster carers are wonderfully diverse in terms of age, background, sexual orientation, relationship status and experience. We welcome carers from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences - married, single, or same-sex couples, with or without children, divorced or de facto.

If you are over 21 and can offer a child or young person a safe and nurturing home environment, we will welcome your application.

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

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.