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Be a foster carer - help give a child the childhood they deserve

Find the right agency for you !

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Choosing to foster is a major decision. Don’t hesitate to ask your local foster care agency for further information to help you in making a decision.

The process for becoming an authorised carer generally takes between three and six months.

The application process includes attending information and training sessions as well as undergoing the household, medical and police checks required by law in order to work with children. You can also discontinue the process at any time.

Foster care is provided by a range of designated agencies. Some agencies work only in specific areas or regions while others operate across the whole of NSW. In addition, some specialise in certain types of care they provide.

If you are thinking of becoming a foster carer, or are a Community Services carer who will transfer to a non-government agency, use  the list below or use our map to select your region to learn more about the different foster care agencies in NSW. Not all agencies listed have vacancies to accept the transfer of Community Services carers – so if you are a transferring Community Services carer, talk to Community Services about which are available now.

Find the right agency for you:

Ability Options

Aboriginal foster care agencies

Allambi Youth Services Newcastle

Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT

Anglicare Sydney

Barnardos Australia

Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre

The Benevolent Society

Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation


CatholicCare Sydney

CatholicCare Hunter-Manning

CatholicCare Wollongong

Centacare Broken Bay

Challenge Children's Services

Community Services

Creating Links

Foundations Care

Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Services

KARI Aboriginal Resources

Key Assets Fostering

Life Without Barriers

Lifestyle Solutions

MacKillop Family Services


Mallee Family Care

Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Child & Family Network Inc.

Phoenix Rising For Children


South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation

Settlement Services International (SSI)

St Joseph’s Cowper Inc

St Saviours

Star Foster Care


The Salvation Army - Young Hope

UnitingCare Burnside

Wandiyali ATSI Out-of-Home Care

Wesley Dalmar

William Campbell Foundation

Youth Care UPA