Become a Foster Carer

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Why Foster?

Every kid deserves a terrific life, according to CareSouth founder Jim McEwan. For almost 30 years, Jim’s vision has been the driving force behind the work we at CareSouth every day. 

This Foster Care Week, CareSouth encourages anyone considering becoming a foster carer to make the leap. Every kid deserves a terrific life, and foster carers make it happen. In the past week alone, CareSouth has been asked to find carers for more than 200 children across NSW.  

Having questions about making that final leap to becoming a Foster Carer is totally normal.

Our amazing foster carers tell the truth about their experience with us and share some real insights into fostering. They are everyday people, just like you. Watch as they answer some burning questions about foster care and their experience so far.

You can make a difference.

Vulnerable kids don’t need a hero. They need you. Becoming a foster carer can be very rewarding for you and your family. If you are responsible, warm-hearted and patient, you can make a positive difference to a child or young person’s life. 

Our team is ready to answer all of your questions and give you the support you need to start your Foster Care journey today. It only takes 2 minutes to enquire online or call our customer care team.

Can you be a Carer?

YES! We recognise that families come in all shapes and sizes and what matters most is love and respect. We’re looking for everyday people willing to support vulnerable kids in big and little ways.

Becoming a carer can be for just a few nights, a period of weeks or months, or a lifetime commitment. We provide many permanency pathways including emergency care, respite care, family preservation and restoration, long term foster care, kinship care, guardianship or adoption.

If you’re a young couple, same sex couple, single person, have children of your own or are retired, we’d love to hear from you.

Our team and family of carers are ready to answer all of your questions and give you the support you need to start your journey today.

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Why choose CareSouth?

You’re never alone on your journey with us.

Our foster carers receive regular training and caseworker visits, 24/7 on-call support, regular chances to meet up with other foster carers, access to clinical services and a tax-free allowance. We support you so you can support those who need it most.

We’re local, flexible and progressive.

We love being a local community organisation with a big heart! Based in Southern and Western NSW, CareSouth has offices across the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Western NSW. We welcome people from all walks of life.

Our bold, determined and innovative approach, enables us to forge strong links for vulnerable children with carer families, birth families and wider community networks.

What’s the process?

CareSouth foster carers participate in an assessment and training process before becoming an authorised carer.

We understand this is a big decision for you and your family. You can take your time with the process and opt-out at any stage if you aren’t comfortable.

Caring for a child or young person can be a very rewarding journey; if you are loving, caring, kind and respectful to children and young people and have the time and space to care for them, you already have what it takes to be a foster carer. 

Foster carers must also be willing to undergo training and background checks and have open conversations with CareSouth’s Carer Recruitment team so they can find the right match for carers and children.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, we encourage you to contact us at CareSouth via 1300 554 260 or

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Local Foster Families Needed

Help us spread the word. Do you know someone who could provide a caring foster family for a child or children? There has never been a better time to make a difference.

We are currently looking for individuals or couples with no children at home, and who have the time to access various supports for children, to become foster carers in local areas across our footprint, Southern and Western NSW. You will receive training, an allowance and support from CareSouth and other foster carers.

Know someone who might be interested? Ask them to give us a call to find out more on 1300 554 260.

Want to know about fostering?

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Want to know more? We have downloadable resources for further
information on foster care.

Once you’ve read them, enquire online or contact our Customer Care Team
on 1300 554 260 if you have any questions. 

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