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Foster care is a vital aspect of community support, providing safe and nurturing homes for children and young people who cannot live safely with their families. Every day, compassionate individuals open their homes and hearts to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children. This article explores the need for foster carers in Victoria and shares real stories from those who have embraced the role.

The growing need for foster care

In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has been on the rise for the past decade. Sadly, many of these children have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma, highlighting the urgent need for more individuals to step up and become foster carers. By becoming a Berry Street foster carer, you have the opportunity to provide a safe home for these children and contribute to the wellbeing of your local community.

We urgently need more people across Victoria to play a part in their community by becoming foster carers. Join our community of carers and help make a positive difference in a child’s life.

Diverse stories of foster care

Berry Street, one of Australia's largest independent and family service organisations, has foster carers from various backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

Individuals like Alice, Leanne, George, and Wendy, along with foster care leaver Broady, have generously shared their real experiences as part of the foster care community. Their stories offer insight into the transformative power of fostering and showcase the diversity within our foster care service.

Become a foster carer and support a local child

If you are over 21 and can provide a child with their own room in a safe and nurturing home environment, you can make a significant difference by applying to become a foster carer.

By becoming a foster carer, you join a diverse community of individuals dedicated to providing love, support, and stability to those who need it the most.