Care for a child in your home – for a week, for a month or for a lifetime

There are many children and young people in our communities who are unable to live with their families.
We are looking for foster carers on the Central Coast.

CatholicCare’s services for children and young people in Out of Home Care (OOHC) provide essential support, care and stability for children and young people affected by family breakdown, to enable them to recover and thrive.

CatholicCare provides foster care through our network of experienced foster carers, residential homes, access to therapy and counselling and in-home support to reduce the risk of family breakdown. Through our suite of services, and the dedication of our specialist support teams and foster carers, we are changing the lives of children and young people for the better.

Our priority is to ensure these children have a safe home for life. 

Australia needs more foster carers – particularly on the Central Coast.

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, and partner with us to support them during their time in care.

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

There are a range of social factors that place families under pressure and result in children needing care. Whether it be for one or two nights, a few weeks or months or long term, we need your help.

Foster care is about providing a safe and nurturing home to a child or young person. This may mean providing temporary care while the child’s family is supported to take care of the child or young person or extended family or kin are found to assist. This may also mean providing permanent care and taking guardianship of a child or young person. Foster care can also be a pathway to adoption.