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There are many reasons why giving a child a safe, secure and nurturing home is beneficial. It provides stability, security and a sense of belonging and identity. It can increase positive outcomes for children in care.
Permanency can be achieved through returning the child or young person to family or kin (restoration), guardianship or open adoption.
We need more permanent homes for children in out-of-home care (OOHC).
Are you currently an authorised foster carer?
If it’s in the best interest for the child, a foster carer may apply to become a guardian or adoptive parent.
Guardianship or open adoption means being able to look after that child now and into the future independently. Carer readiness includes supporting that child remain connected with their birth family and culture as well continuing to support their physical and emotional development.
Ask your caseworker about the right options for the child in your care.
To learn more, authorised carers can access permanency training through My Forever Family NSW.
My Forever Family NSW is a government-funded program operated by Adopt Change, designed to recruit, support, train and advocate for foster and kinship carers, guardians and adoptive parents in the out-of-home care sector across the state of NSW.
My Forever Family NSW are the first point of contact for potential carers and guardians, providing them with information about fostering, permanent care and adoption.
To find out more, visit the My Forever Family NSW webpage.
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.