Across Australia, and all around the world, Governments and organisations struggle to find enough mature, appropriate adults willing to take on foster care. We don’t know of anywhere where there are always enough loving homes for kids in need. There are Government call outs, clever marketing campaigns, celebrity endorsements and awareness-raising drives. These may increase enquiries for a while, but they never generate enough actual new foster carers to fill the need.

There is an ongoing search to find the “magic bullet” that will bring in enough people to fill the huge need for safe, secure homes for society’s vulnerable children. Because who doesn’t want to help out kids, right? Perhaps this magic bullet does not exist, and clearly it is not that simple. There are a variety of reasons why people do not want, or do not feel able, to open their hearts and homes to become a foster carer.

There are a wide variety of reasons why people do not want, or do not feel able, to open their hearts and homes to become a foster carer

We would love to hear from people who have considered, and then rejected the idea of becoming a carer. If this is you, please take our quiz below. You can click multiple answers, or write your own reason in the “other” section.

If this is not you, do you know someone who may be able to give us an insight into why they said no to foster care? Can you share this quiz with them?