There are almost 20,000 children and young people in NSW unable to live at home. It is estimated that 660 new foster carers are needed over the next 12 months in NSW - across all types of care.
Through its NSW statewide Fostering NSW campaign, the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is looking to recruit new foster carers over the coming year to help cope with the rising number of children entering out-of-home care.
Foster carers are an integral part of a team, working with the caseworker and at times a child's birth family to support the child or young person to be the best they can be.
There is always support available; out-of-home care agencies provide foster carers with ongoing support, training and mentorship to assist them in providing the best care they possibly can.
Foster carers are a diverse group, ranging from traditional families to single people, empty nesters, caring professionals and same sex couples. There is also a huge need for Aboriginal carers.
Fostering NSW is managed by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) a registered charity and the peak body for out-of-home care agencies in NSW
If you're interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, visit the Fostering NSW website: www.fosteringnsw.com.au or call 1800 236 783