Foster Care Week 2018: A Time to Honour Our Extraordinary Foster Carers

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has praised NSW’s foster carers for their critical contribution to our community, as agencies across the state celebrate Foster Care Week.

Now into its 28th year, Foster Care Week (September 9-16) honours the extraordinary work of foster carers in our community who bring love, stability and hope to the lives of children and young people in care.

Agencies are hosting events in communities right around the state throughout this special week, from morning teas and picnic lunches to special outings and family fun days, to demonstrate their deep thanks and appreciation to their foster carers for the valuable work they do every day. The festivities will conclude on September 16 with ACWA’s annual Foster Care Week Picnic Day in South Western Sydney.

ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum says foster carers hold a special place in our community.

“NSW is lucky to have exceptional people like this in our community who are dedicated to making a difference to children and young people who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their own families,” Mr McCallum said.

“They are our child protection system’s greatest asset, providing unconditional love, patience, compassion and support for children and young people until they can be safely reunited with their familiesor, where this is not possible, creating for them a permanent family through open adoption or guardianship.

“ACWA and our member agencies are very proud to recognise and celebrate their tireless efforts and tremendous work they do, under circumstances that at times cannot be easy.

“That is why it is so important carers receive the kind of quality support, guidance and training that will ensure they are well equipped to meet the complexities and challenges that come with this crucial community job.”

To find out about becoming a foster carer contact My Forever Family NSW: 1300 782 975

ACWA is the NSW peak body representing non-government organisations that provide services to vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Media enquiries: Libby McCalman  0418 659 525