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What is Foster Care?

Foster Carers provide care for a child or young person within a home environment when they cannot live at home with their parents or extended family due to issues of risk or safety.

Foster Carers can assist by providing:

  • Overnight or emergency care
  • Respite for parents or other Foster Carers one weekend a month or once a fortnight
  • Short term care (up to 6 months)
  • Long term care (over 6 months)

BCYF’s foster care service is for vulnerable children and young people who reside in:

  • Geelong
  • Colac Otway
  • Bellarine
  • Surf Coast

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer and live in or near these areas please contact us.

Alternatively if you reside in another region, please refer to Foster Connections at