Today, in NSW alone, almost 17,000 children and young people live in foster or kinship care.
Recognising critical action was required, in July 2018, Adopt Change was commissioned by the NSW Government to operate the new My Forever Family NSW* program. This includes recruiting, training, supporting and advocating for foster and kinship carers, guardians, and adoptive families for children from statutory care in NSW.
My Forever Family NSW cares for those who care for kids. To thrive, children and young people need nurture, safety, and stability, and it’s My Forever Family NSW’s goal to see all children receive the care they deserve, including being connected to culture and community. Their goal is also to recruit a range of carers to provide nurture for children and ensure those carers and families receive the support and training they need.
“Recruiting, training and retaining foster carers is critical to helping find vulnerable children a home. My Forever Family gives carers the information, education and support they need to help children thrive.”
Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services.
My Forever Family NSW’s dedicated Carer Support team provides friendly, personal, expert advice and information via phone or email—and sometimes in person—five days a week, from 9am – 5pm AEDT.
Carer families come in all shapes and sizes. And right now, in NSW, your help is needed more than ever.
So if you’ve ever thought about becoming a carer, please call or email My Forever Family NSW and a member of their Carer Recruitment team will be able to answer any of your queries or concerns, perhaps bust a few myths, and provide you with advice and guidance on how you can be involved.
Ensuring carers and families have the skills and know-how to provide the best possible care for children and young people—is absolutely critical. This is why My Forever Family NSW regularly hosts training events across the state, in-person and online.
They also have online training courses—accessible any time—and the invaluable opportunity to connect with other carers for support and guidance.
The My Forever Family NSW team—are committed to improving the experience for carers, leading to better outcomes for families and the children and young people in their care.
You can visit the My Forever Family websiteFind out more
If you would like to find out more about becoming a carer in NSW, or you are an NSW carer seeking support, please contact My Forever Family NSW by phoning 1300 782 975 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions about the program should also be directed to email@example.com
If you live outside NSW, and would like to know how you can become a foster carer, kinship carer, guardian or adoptive parent, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*My Forever Family NSW is funded by the NSW Government and operated by Adopt Change, with contribution from Professor Paul Chandler and Continuum Consulting.
Almost 40% of the children and young people living in out-of-home care in NSW are Aboriginal, so there is an urgent need for more Aboriginal families to assist those in their community unable to live at home. Keeping Aboriginal children connected to Country and culture, whilst providing a safe and nurturing family home, is critical.
Proud father and Australian Film Industry nominated actor, Luke Carroll, has called on the Aboriginal community to come together and support Aboriginal kids in need.
“As a proud father and Aboriginal man from the Wiradjuri nation, my kids and my culture are a big part of my life. My late mother was a kinship carer, providing a safe and loving home to my cousin, and keeping us connected to our culture,”
Right now in NSW, we’re looking for all different types of carers for children and young people. Check out our recent recruitment campaigns, and ask yourself if you can open your home and your heart to a child in need.