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Become a Foster Carer

Foster Carers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles and have a common goal of providing safe and loving homes for children and young people who can’t remain in the care of their parents.

Who can be a foster carer?

Foster Carers have to be 21 years of age. We welcome carers from a diverse range of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our foster carers are:

  • Single, married or in a de facto relationship.
  • From LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Any religion, spirituality or nationality.
  • Families with or without children.
  • In a variety of working and living arrangements.
  • Living in houses, flats or shared households (rented or owned).

What are the types of foster care?

Our experienced staff will work with you to determine which foster care placement will suit your lifestyle. There are four different types of foster care placements:

  • Respite care – you give full-time carers, parents or guardians a regular break (1 or 2 weekends a month).
  • Emergency care – you care for children who are at risk and need a placement immediately.
  • Short-term care – you care for children from a few weeks up to 6 months. These children are often reunited with their family.
  • Long-term care – you care for children who need a longer stay (from 6+ months).

What support do foster carers receive?

As a MASP foster carer, you’ll be supported by:

  • A dedicated caseworker.
  • 24-hour support and practical help from experienced MASP staff.
  • Training and programs to develop your skills as a foster carer.
  • Opportunities to talk to other carers.
  • Help to make your home meet the standards for foster care.
  • A fortnightly allowance (paid by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing).

Story: Sarah and Matt’s story about fostering young people with a disability