Foster Care

Foster Care involves providing care to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.

Every day, our foster care service provides support to a minimum of 30 children that are unable to live at home in safe, secure, caring environments.

Can you help make a difference in a child’s life?

Enquire about becoming a carer today!

It’s extremely rewarding; there’s a lot of pluses. It’s no doubt hard work, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the children. Most Foster Carers will say (that) the positives outweigh the negatives.

A Foster Carer’s story


nights in care for children in foster and kinship care arrangements.


children and young people were care for in Anchor's Foster and Kinship Care programs.

Become a foster carer today and change the lives of children in need by never giving up.
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Here at Anchor, we are committed to partnering with our foster carers, providing initial and ongoing training opportunities, and support which includes after hours telephone support if and when needed.

Find out more about foster care and becoming a carer by reading our FAQ.

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What is foster care?

Foster care involves providing care to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.

Who can become a foster carer?

Anyone! We are looking for people and families from all walks of life who could care for children and young people in their own homes. There are a few requirements to be a foster carer which are:

  • you must be over 21 years old
  • you must have a spare room for a child
  • you must pass a National Police Check and
  • Working with Children Check.
Is there any financial support for being a foster carer?

When you foster a child or young person you’ll get regular foster care payments in the form of a nontaxable allowance. How much you receive is dependent on the type of placement you have, your foster child’s age and how much extra care they need.

Can I choose the age group and gender of the child?

You can request or choose the age of the child you want to foster and we’ll work with you to determine who will be the best fit for your family.

Can I foster if I don't own my home?

Yes. Plenty of carers do not own their own home or are renting. As long as you can offer a room and a safe environment you can foster.

Am I able to choose how long a child stays with me?

Each child has different needs and requirements. Some may only need an overnight stay and some may need longer. We will discuss with you, your lifestyle and family needs to best match a child in your care. The type and length of foster care include:

  • Respite care (one or two weekends a month)
  • Emergency care (for children who require an immediate placement)
  • Short-term care (a few weeks to six months)
  • Long-term care (more than six months)

Upcoming Event


Foster Care Week

Heart of Gold Celebrating and acknowledging foster carers and the important role they play in […]

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