About Foster Care

About Foster Care


Foster Care in our Community

All children deserve a caring, nurturing and loving home, but some children cannot live with their families for all sorts of reasons. Some stay in care for only a few nights and others a few weeks, just until their family can get back on their feet. However, a small number will live with loving carers for months or years.

Foster carers make an enormous difference in a child’s life, giving a child the care and support he or she needs to grow, thrive and have a successful future.

Support for Foster Carers

You will never be alone in caring for a child or young person. Foster Carers are provided with regular support and ongoing training in association with The Australian Childhood Foundation.

Lots of different types of people can become a Foster Carer. We accept all sorts of individuals:

  • Renting or buying their home,
  • Single, married, de facto, same sex relationship
  • Male or Female
  • Living on a farm, in a unit or a house, with or without pets
  • A person willing to make a difference in the life of a child
  • Working part-time, full-time or in the home

Becoming a foster carer has never been simpler…

Choose the type of care you’d like to provide

Foster Carers can choose from various age ranges (0-18 years) and the type of care they provide:

One weekend per month, regular contact with the same child

Can be for a few weeks or many months

Requires carer to commit to a child, possibly for a number of years

Usually for one or two nights

Your first step is to contact our recruitment team who will support you through the process.

Our Locations

29 Stanley St.
Wodonga VIC 3690
02 6055 8000

36 Mackay St.
Wangaratta VIC 3677
03 5720 0000

Type Of Care

Foster Care
Kinship Care
Respite Care
Short Term Care
Long Term Care
Emergency Care


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Commitment to Child Safety

All children and young people who access UMFC Services have a right to feel and be safe and to be treated with respect. We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment and working towards the best interests of children and young people at all times.