At the end of 2015, there were more than 9,000 young Queenslanders living in out of home care. As this number continues to increase, Mercy Community is calling on people in the areas of Caboolture, Brisbane, Logan, Beaudesert, Redlands, Greater Ipswich and South West Queensland to consider becoming foster carers.
If you live in one of these areas and have the time, space and energy to give a child or young person a safe and nurturing home, we’d love to hear from you. There are so many children and young people who urgently need your care.
Steps to becoming a foster carer with Mercy Community
1. Call 1300TOFOSTER (1300 863 768) and chat to your local MC foster care team
2. Read through our information pack
3. Apply to become a foster carer with Mercy Community
4. Preparation training with Mercy Community
5. Fostering assessment
6. Approval and welcoming your first foster child or young person
Foster carers are approved by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide care in their own homes for children and young people who have experienced harm or are at risk of harm.
We work closely with the department to train potential foster carers before they’re approved to have children placed in their care. After foster carers are approved, we continue to support foster carers while they’re caring for vulnerable children and young people.
Our friendly foster care team will support you through every step of the journey. We offer our carers dedicated foster care workers, information and training, after-hours on-call support and invites to special carer events. You’ll also receive remuneration for the cost of foster caring from the Queensland Government.
We recognise that being a foster carer can be challenging but also extremely rewarding. Read what our carers have to say about being a foster carer on our dedicated foster and kinship care website.
We welcome enquiries from people of all ages and backgrounds. To find out more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life: