Do you have a place in your heart and home for a child in need?

Tragically, there are many children and young people in our community who are unable to live with their families through no fault of their own.

We are looking for foster carers on the Central Coast, Northern Beaches,
Greater North Shore and Northern Sydney areas.

CatholicCare is seeking families to provide essential support, care and stability for children and young people affected by family breakdown, to enable them to recover and thrive. Through our suite of services, and the dedication of our specialist support teams and foster carers, we are transforming the lives of children and young people to create positive futures.

Our priority is to ensure these children and young people have a safe, stable home. If you are interested in knowing more about fostering a child or young person, please contact us or download our brochure here.

CatholicCare Foster Care
P: (02) 4320 7777



We are looking for foster carers on the Central Coast, Northern Beaches and Northern Sydney areas.

We welcome carers of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.


There is no perfect formula for being a foster carer. 

The most important thing is to have a caring heart and an open mind, to understand that children in care are likely to have complex family situations and have faced difficulties in their lives.

Foster carers are people who open their homes and hearts to children and young people in need. They partner with us to support vulnerable children and young people during their time in care.

We have a large number of children and young people who need a safe, happy and secure home environment.

There are many social factors that place families under pressure and result in children needing care.

Whether it be for one or two nights, a few weeks, months or long-term, we need your help. We are seeking carers who may be in a position to provide temporary emergency care while the child’s family is supported to take care of the child or young person, or short-term family or kin are found to assist, as well as those who can offer a stable, long-term foster home until the child or young person turns 18. Some foster care arrangements can lead to consideration of  guardianship or adoption.


Meet Izzy. She’s an everyday kid who’s grown up on the Central Coast. But right now she lives in emergency care. She has no family to look after her, and no idea where she’s going to be next week. 

What is foster care?

The Central Coast is at crisis point. There are over 1300 children in out of home care. They need families who can care for them – for one or two nights, a few weeks, months or even long-term.

Hear Roz's foster carer story

Meet Roz. This is her heart-warming story. She became a foster carer 16 years ago. We urgently need more foster carers like Roz. Could this be you? Can you open your heart and home to a child? 

Why are children in foster care?

Children enter the care system because the State identifies that they’re at risk. They are bought into care with the plan to place them in safe and secure homes, often with foster carers.

Can you help a child like Charlie?

Through no fault of his own, Charlie cannot live with his family and is currently housed in emergency motel accommodation. We’re here to connect children like Charlie with people like you. 

What's it like being in foster care?

Real kids talk about what care looked like for them and the impact it had on their lives.

What's it like to be a foster carer?

Real carers talk about why they do it and share some of their experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is CatholicCare?

We are the social care agency of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Broken Bay. We provide services to 26,000+ children, young people. individuals and families, and have been doing so since 1987.

What types of care do children need?

Immediate short-term and respite care, long-term care, as well as guardianship and adoption in some circumstances. If you can help, we’ll work with you to ensure you’re matched with the care option that best suits your situation.

What support do carers receive?

Case worker support, 24 hour on-call support, ongoing training, financial support, access to counselling and psychological support, social functions and support groups, and respite where needed. We value our carers and have a dedicated Carer Support Team to ensure carers feel supported through each step of the process.

Who can be a foster carer?

We have some criteria which we follow when considering the suitability of foster care applicants including age, birth children, health, financial resources, accommodation, character and references. We’ll walk you through all this.

Can you help support a child in need?

Download the brochure or complete the enquiry form below and we will be in touch.

Foster carer enquiry