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Foster Care Week (11-17 September) celebrates and recognises foster carers and the invaluable contribution they make to the lives of children, young people and families in our community.

Every day, our amazing foster carers are caring for children and young people who cannot live safely at home. By opening their homes, and their hearts, they’re changing our local communities for the better.

More than 11,000 Victorian children cannot live safely at home

In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has risen every year over the last 10 years. Sadly, many of the children and young people in our care have suffered abuse, neglect or trauma and are desperately in need of a safe and nurturing home.

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 to a child’s life.

Berry Street foster carers share their real stories

Berry Street foster carers – Alice, Leanne, George and Wendy – and foster care leaver, Broady, recently shared with us their real foster care experiences. It was a privilege to hear their stories – thank you!

Foster carers come from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences. If you’re over 21 and able to offer a child their own room in a safe and nurturing home environment, you can apply to be a foster carer.