Support & assistance for foster carers

carer watching over children

Foster care is a partnership between:

  • the child or young person
  • the child or young person’s family and friends
  • the foster family
  • the caseworker for the child
  • key people in the child or young person’s life from education, health, religious or cultural organisations.

See the Partnership Agreement between DoCS and Foster Carers

Support and training

Community Services carers receive training and assessment.  The training is designed to give you realistic information about foster caring and help you understand how children’s life experiences shape their capacities.

Your caseworker can help with support from psychologists, remedial teachers, respite care and other health services, depending on the child’s needs as identified in case planning.

Support organisations

There are many foster care support groups around NSW. These group activities provide invaluable opportunities for carers to talk to one another, swap advice and build support networks with other foster parents in the area.

Connecting Carers NSW - support and training to foster, kinship and relative carers across NSW.
Ph: 1300 794 653

Foster Parents Support Network - support for foster carers in Sydney and regional areas.
Ph: 1800 262 445

Aboriginal Statewide Foster Carer Support Service - helps carers to provide quality, culturally appropriate care for kids.
Ph: 1800 888 698

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