How OHF will help you Hut-and-DogFostering cannot be done in isolation. OHF shares this responsibility with you providing prayer support, a dedicated Foster Parent Social worker to work with you and a Social Worker who knows the child's circumstances and will support the child/young person while in care. Our social workers will help you integrate your foster child into your family and wider community networks.

Foster Parents are reimbursed for the expenses of having a child in care on a fortnightly basis. Board payment reimbursements are non taxable and not counted as income for benefit purposes.

Commitment to Care

There is a cost to unconditional love. Commitment and unconditional love builds a sense of acceptance, belonging and love for a child or young person in care.

OHF will always do its best to match a child/young person needing care with the most suitable Foster Family. It is important that children and young people do not experience being shifted from home to home.

Before Foster Parents decide whether to open their home to a child or young person, they need to seriously consider the level of commitment needed and the impact it may have on their own family.

How OHF will help you Ted-140x131pxMaking your decision

The Open Home Foundation is a community of Christians dedicated to glorifying God through serving children and families in need. It is a privilege to be part of this work.

If you would like more information or want to fill out an application please contact us about becoming a Foster family


If you're not able to foster at this stage but would like to have some involvement, you may consider:

  • Becoming a support and/or prayer partner for a Foster family/whānau. Please Contact Us for more information.
  • Becoming a regular contributor to the Ted Sponsorship Fund which is used to enhance the lives of children who are in OHF care.