Foster Care & Kinship Care

Foster and Kinship care are ways of providing family life for a child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family. As a carer, you can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable children.
In Victoria, the number of children who cannot live safely at home has risen every year over the last ten years. Children who have experienced trauma and neglect need carers to provide a safe and nurturing home. With your help they can heal and look forward to the future.

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Become a Foster Carer

No matter what your background, relationship status or sexual orientation, Berry Street is looking for people just like you who can care for a vulnerable child or young person. Children in care have experienced trauma — they need a safe, nurturing home environment to help them heal and recover. If you are over 21 and have a spare bedroom, we welcome your expression of interest.

Learn more about your eligibility to become a foster carer by reading our Foster Care FAQs. Take the first step today by submitting an expression of interest, or registering for an information session near you.

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Not ready to Foster?

Your donation can help provide vital carer training and support so we can ensure a good childhood for vulnerable children like John.

Learn more from our Foster Carers

The need for carers in Victoria is rising

More than 10,000 Victorian children cannot live safely with their own parents

More than 10,000 children cannot live safely with their parents.

7.5 children in very 1,000, cannot live safely with their own parents

This equates to 7.5 children in every 1,000.

Since 2012, the number of children in out-of-home-care in Victoria has increased by 57.6%

Since 2012, this number has increased by 57.6%.

46% of all Australian children going into Care are under 5 years old.

46% of all Australian children going into Care are under 5 years old.

Child protection Australia 2016-17, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Could you open your heart and home?

Download information pack

Our Foster Care information pack is a good place to start.

Read our FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Foster Care.

Find an information session

A no obligation introduction and chance to chat with our Home Based Care Team. Find a session near you.

Express your interest

Take the first step today, express your interest and one of our friendly staff will contact you.