Foster care resources

Caring for kids - a guide for foster, relative and kinship carers

Caring for kids has been updated and is now available online! The online version is fully searchable and makes it easier to find support information quickly and while on the go. Try the new caring website today.

Caring for kids contains information about a range of day-to-day issues you may encounter as a foster carer, as well as providing a reference point for other useful sources of information and assistance.

Foster Carer resource guide

Fostering Our Future – subscribe NOW!

Fostering our Future is Family and Community Services quarterly newsletter for foster and kinship carers. It includes information on current news and initiatives, and provides foster carers with a way to share stories, achievements, activities and ideas.

See all issues of Fostering Our Future.

cover of fostering our future magazine featuring a lady reading ot two girls

Results from FACS survey of guardians, adoptive parents and other carers

In September 2017, FACS undertook a survey of past and present carers, guardians and adoptive parents to better understand their experience and their preferences in relation to advocacy, training and connection to other carers. The outcomes of the survey informed development of the new Carer Program to be launched in 2018.

First page of a powerpoint presentation, featuring the text Permanency Support, Results from FACS survey of guardians, adoptive parents and other carers, as well as the Permanency Support Program logo and NSW Government logo

Raising Tweens and Teens: A Guide For Carers and Caseworkers

Raising Tweens and Teens provides useful tips and ideas on issues like teenage privacy, provides help in negotiating and dealing with anger and has contacts for a range of support agencies.

The resource touches on issues such as self esteem, body image, gender identity, bullying, cyber safety, alcohol and drugs and sexuality.

Caring Together – a guide on resolving concerns for foster, relative and kinship carers of children and young people in statutory care in NSW

This resource includes topics such as resolving issues or concerns, making a complaint, legal advice, complaints against carers, roles and responsibilities and disclosing abuse or neglect.

Preview image of Caring together - Resolving concerns and understanding your rights and responsibilities

2017 School Calendar

This wall calendar promotes education for children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC). Each month there is an introduction to key education elements and milestones, such as starting school, the important of reading and education planning and completing Year 12. There is also information about how your OOHC caseworker and your school can help you to support the student in your care, and links to additional resources.

Partnership Agreement between Family and Community Services and carers

The Partnership Agreement between Family and Community Services and carerss has been developed to outline how we work together every day to meet the needs of children and young people.

cover of the Partnership Agreement between Family and Community Services and carers

Raising them strong

Supporting Aboriginal kinship and foster carers – these resource feature practical information and advice to help carers and parents with the challenges of raising children and young people.

Raising Them Strong Booklet – support for Aboriginal carers covering topics such as health, education, grief and loss, family contact and navigating ‘the system’.

Topic cards – support for Aboriginal carers covering health, education, family contact and support.

DVD - the 45-minute DVD, divided into three sections, provides ‘real life’ scenarios and carer stories. The DVD can be viewed by carers in their own home, in their own time. See: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Supporting Deadly Behaviours – booklet provides advice on typical challenges that parents and carers face with children.

Case Management booklet – talks about what to expect when a child first comes into care including court proceedings, case plans, contact arrangements with birth parents and financial support.

Caring Together booklet – looks at the particular challenges carers face when caring for children and young people with disabilities. It covers settling children with disabilities into your family and talking with them, specialist support staff and teachers about how to give them the care and attention they need.

Leaving care

Leading the way - explains to carers how they can pass on typical life skills like cooking, money management or job searching to teens. It also has useful tips for putting things in place to manage the transition and how to manage emotional expectations.

Leaving care checklist - Learning how to look after yourself and solve life’s little problems is part of growing up but are you ready to be independent?

Supporting children and young people in care who have experienced trauma

These three videos on trauma have been developed with clinical psychologist Dr Howard Bath to support you in your role as a carer. These videos will help you understand trauma and how to:

  • meet the additional needs of children and young people who have experienced trauma
  • support children and young people to cope with the past and have a bright future
  • provide new strategies to manage challenging behaviours that stem from trauma.

Other resources.

Supporting carers of other people’s children (AFCA national foster carer handbook)

Service directory for Hunter & Central Coast carers

The Hunter Central Coast Service Directory for Foster, Relative and Kin Carers is a handy reference that identifies local services to assist carers in the Hunter and Central Coast districts. The Service Directory contains contacts for carer advocacy groups, crisis and counselling support, health, education, legal and disability services. The Directory was produced by a range of local services, carers and the Hunter Central Coast Out-Of-Home Care Transition Regional Implementation Group in response to a need voiced by local carers.

Supporting carers of other people’s children (AFCA national foster carer handbook)

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)