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Respite Carer - Specialised Foster Care Program


More than just foster care

We’re searching for people with a passion for improving the lives of children and young people.

OzChild is a non-government organisation dedicated to supporting vulnerable children, young people and families for over 170 years. The largest provider of evidence-based programs in Australia, we support over 10,000 children, young people and family members each year.

We are currently seeking individuals or couples to become respite carers in our internationally proven program Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO). This short-term program works with children over a period of around six to 12 months by providing positive reinforcement and wrap around support. Respite carers provide relief for current full-time carers for one weekend a month and receive $178 per night.


  • Give one weekend a month and be part of a transformative short-term foster care program
  • Care for a child in your home aged 7-11
  • Generous tax-free reimbursement of $178 per night provided
  • Provide positive reinforcement for the child in a home environment
  • Receive comprehensive training and guidance for this highly structured treatment program
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Opportunity to attend weekly support meetings

We are looking for individuals/couples who:

  • Have experience in dealing with children with complex behaviours
  • Have a suitable living space including a spare bedroom
  • Have the ability to champion positive change for a child
  • Live within an hour of our OzChild office in Goodna
  • No children under 3 years old living in the home

To apply, click apply now and make an enquiry via the online form. We’ll send you more information and discuss the next steps.

We’re ready to hear from you now!

We encourage First Nations People to join us to help care for First Nations children whose families are facing vulnerable times.

At OzChild keeping First Nations children connected to their families, kin, cultures and country is integral to their health and wellbeing, in order to enable them to meet their aspirations.

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