It's the little things that can make a big difference.

For the 11,000 children in Queensland in need of care, is the smallest, simplest things that can have the biggest impact on their lives.​

Things like learning to ride a bike, baking a cake, or helping them with homework, are all big things to them. You just have to be you to change the life of a child in care.​

Foster Care QLD

Getting started

Great news, you've already started! This is the first step in your journey to support Queensland children in need. We've created this Foster Care Information Kit to help you understand and navigate what's involved in becoming a foster carer. The kit includes information on:

  • How you can make a difference;
  • The types of care you can provide;
  • Your journey;
  • What you need;
  • Your support; and
  • Real life carer stories.

Advice for future foster carers

Becoming a foster carer is a pretty incredible thing to do. We hope you enjoy these supportive words and advice from foster carers as you begin your foster care journey. Remember that you are not alone - our team is here to help you through every step.

Am I eligible?

It doesn't matter if you're single, renting, LGBTQIA+, a permanent resident or working full-time. You're probably eligible to apply! Find out, take our quiz.

Got questions?

Wondering what financial support is provided or if your personal situation is eligible? Send us your questions!

The real stories

Meet some of our carers and find out more about their experiences as a foster carer with us, including the ups and the downs.

Jump in

... when you're ready. Our information sessions provide you with a platform to learn about being a foster carer and chat to our friendly team.

Cultural Connections

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians and recognise their culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land.

The heritage of Indigenous children is important to us and we assist in keeping foster children connected to culture and community through our Cultural Support Workers.

We’ve been looking for people just like you.

The kind who could make a real difference to a child or young person in need of a safe place to call home.

Did you know that many people opt out of becoming a foster carer simply because they believe they’re not suitable? You can be single, renting, retired, LGBTQIA+ or come from a range of other backgrounds, and be an amazing foster carer with us.

Keen to chat?

So, you’ve taken the time to understand foster care a little more by doing some research online. Perhaps you have downloaded our Information Kit and are wondering what the next step is.

If you have a specific question that relates to your current situation or you would like to chat, we’re here to help.

Call us on 1300 000 828

Foster Care Queensland: hear our stories

"Would I make a good foster carer?"

Take the quiz to find out

Almost anyone who wants to make a difference in a child’s life can become a foster carer. Everyone can be involved with fostering in Australia - regardless of gender or sexual orientation, experience with children at home, whether you're employed, or retired.

You just need to be you and have the passion to make a difference in a child's life. By being yourself, it encourages the child to be themselves and feel comfortable in their new home.

Why not take our quick quiz? You’ll find out a bit about how you fit as a foster carer and what the next steps look like.

Frequently asked questions

Taking the first step in the journey is often the most daunting.

We know you need all the information at hand to make an informed decision. So, we’ve answered some of our most commonly asked questions to help you get started.

Question of the day

Why are children placed in foster care?

Children and young people arrive in care for many different reasons. It may be due to neglect, abuse or trauma. When their families can't help to care for them, that's... read more

Our foster care services

You Be You is a foster care program by Anglicare Southern Queensland, a leading provider of community services in the region. Our mission is to find and train people who are willing and able to care for Queensland children in need of a safe and loving home. We work with individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures who share a common passion for child safety and helping young people thrive. We offer guidance, support and training to our foster carers, QLD-wide, so they can provide the best possible foster care for the children in their care. We do this because we believe that every foster child deserves to be safe, supported and loved, wherever they are in the foster care system.

We’re a QLD foster care provider who supports our community

You Be You is not just a program for foster and kinship carers - it’s also a community of like-minded people. We connect every foster carer, QLD-wide, to each other, so they can share their experiences, challenges and joys of caring for children. We also organise events and activities for our foster parents and the children in their care, such as picnics, workshops, outings and celebrations. We want every foster parent and child to feel valued and supported by each other and by us.

Fostering QLD: advocating for change

Our foster care agency also advocates for the rights and needs of children and young people in care, and we raise awareness about the issues they face. The You Be You team works with other organisations, agencies and disability services to improve the quality and outcomes of care for children and young people in Queensland. We believe that by collaborating, together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and young people in care.

Want to foster QLD children?

You Be You is always looking for more foster carers to join our program and experience foster care placements. If you have a spare room in your home, a big heart and a desire to make a positive impact on a child’s life, we would love to hear from you. You don’t need any special qualifications or experience to become a foster or kinship carer, just a willingness to learn and grow with the child in your care. We’ll provide you with all the training and support you need to become an approved foster carer. You can also choose the type of Queensland foster and kinship care that suits you best, whether it is short-term, long-term or respite care. 

Got questions?

If you’re looking for a comprehensive insight into foster parenting, You Be You’s FAQ page is the perfect place to answer many of your questions!



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