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Permanent Care

Supporting families and children for a brighter future

Permanent care is the long-term care of a child aged 0-12 years, where they are in need of stability and consistency.

Children placed in permanent care have been removed from the care of their birth parents due to safety concerns for the child.

When a child is placed in permanent care, their birth certificate will not be changed and they will keep the surname of their natural parents. Children in permanent care are entitled to ongoing contact with their birth parents and birth parents are entitled to an information exchange of photos and updates on the progress of the child.

Permanent care is only available in Victoria, and may be considered the equivalent of an adoption order for older children in other states of Australia.

Is foster care different?

Foster care is the temporary care of a child who cannot live with their birth parents for a range of reasons, whether voluntary or court ordered. This temporary care can mean an overnight stay or care ranging up to or longer than a month. 

CatholicCare does not have a foster care program, but we work with children in foster care who are in need of long-term care.

Our Permanent Care program

Permanent Care provides a stable and secure permanent placement for children aged up to 12 years when the Children’s Court has ordered that a child cannot live with their biological family.

Providing a vulnerable child with ongoing love and stability, watching them grow, and seeing them overcome their initial difficulties and make developmental gains is a rewarding experience.
CatholicCare’s Permanent Care program welcomes applications from both single people and couples who reside permanently in Victoria.

If you wish to become a permanent care parent, we can provide:

  • Information and training sessions
  • Assessment of your application and accreditation for permanent care
  • Support during transition of the child to your family, help and advice with parenting issues, support around contact with the birth family and any other issues
  • Extended support after the Permanent Care Order has been granted, if required.

Please contact us if you’re interested in becoming a permanent care parent and want to learn more.


Whether you are considering becoming a permanent carer or your child has been placed in care, it can be a difficult and emotional process.

We offer support for all parents and families involved, including legal support.

If you have any questions or you are in need of support, please contact us.

More information

Contact us

For more information on our Permanent Care program please contact our Footscray office:

T: 03 9689 3888

E: Footscray@ccam.org.au


Other services

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