Thinking about becoming a foster carer?
Visit our Becoming a foster carer page for more information.
Are you a current Victorian foster carer?
Visit our Information for current Victorian foster carers page to view:
- Victorian Handbook for Foster Carers
- Victorian Foster Carer Charter
- other supports and resources
that help foster carers in their important role.
Or you can go directly to Helping Carers Helping Kids Podcasts - a new podcast series for foster carers.
What is foster care?
Foster care is temporary care of children by trained, assessed and accredited foster carers. Victorian foster carers play a vital role in our community, providing a safe and nurturing home to children and young people who cannot live with their birth family.
Children and young people requiring foster care can be of any age (up to 18 years), and can come from various cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Children and young people are placed in foster care for a range of reasons, and foster care can occur as a result of a court order, or through a voluntary arrangement between the child or young person's parent and a service provider. It could be overnight, for a month or longer – it all depends on the needs of the child.