Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has launched Fostering NSW, a year-long foster care recruitment and awareness campaign run by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) to encourage people to open their heart and foster a child.
“There is urgent need for new foster families to provide safety and stability for vulnerable children and young people,” Ms Goward said.
“We have an army of over 9,000 foster carers in NSW who have hearts of gold and who work tirelessly and often thanklessly caring for our most vulnerable children and young people.
“Fostering NSW aims to help recruit 450 new carers over the next year and raise general awareness about the benefits of fostering.
“The NSW Government has invested $1 million to run the Fostering NSW campaign, as part of its commitment to make sure that children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect get the help they need, when they need it,” Ms Goward said.
Foster care can be short term or long term - for one or two nights, a few weeks or months, or even years.
There are also different types of foster care, ranging from crisis and temporary care for children who return to an improved situation at home, through to permanent care.
“As a community we have no more important task than to ensure that our children grow up healthy and safe,” Andrew McCallum, CEO of the Association of Child Welfare Agencies said.
“Children and young people need stability and nurture. For some, fostering that leads to adoption is the best way to achieve this,” Mr McCallum said.
CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is one of the largest providers of foster care in the Hunter region and is encouraging anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to call 49230600.
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