Events

There are a number of events throughout the calendar year that offer enhanced opportunities for the promotion of foster care to the general public.

The most important of these is Foster Care Week, which kicks off with the Sydney Foster Care Picnic each year on the second Sunday in September. Foster Care Week culminates with the Kids in Care Cup Aboriginal Footy Knockout, a great event that raises awareness about the need for Aboriginal carers.

Other relevant events include Youth Week in April, National Families Week in May, NAIDOC Week in July and National Adoption Awareness Week in November. Fostering NSW endeavours to promote the need for foster carers around these events with tailored media stories, press releases and specially created social media posts. Agencies are encouraged to link their promotional activities to the Fostering NSW campaign activities and messaging at these times.

Foster Care Week in NSW

Foster Care Week is an annual event that has been running in NSW since 1990. Coordinated by ACWA with the support of non-government foster care agencies and other partners, Foster Care Week aims to celebrate and acknowledge the work of NSW’s foster carers: Foster Care Week 2017

Activities during the week include the Foster Care Week Picnic Day for foster carers and their families and regional activities and social events for carers. These are co-ordinated by ACWA via the Fostering NSW team: Find out more

Kids in Care Cup

The Kids in Care Cup is an annual Aboriginal Rugby League knockout competition held in Wollongong in September to raise awareness of what fostering is all about and the need for more Aboriginal carers across NSW.

For the last four years, this event has attracted around 3,000 spectators to watch around 20 Aboriginal men’s, women’s and children’s footy teams from all over NSW vie for the coveted title. For information on the 2017 Kids in Care Cup, follow the event on Facebook.

Training

Fostering NSW offers marketing assistance to agencies wishing to enhance their recruitment activities. We also contribute to the development of CCWT training that enhances the skills of frontline workers in the out-of-home care sector. A selection of training topics appears below:

Social Media Fundamentals

In an increasingly online world, Social Media is becoming an invaluable tool to help businesses and organisations engage with key target groups: Find out more

Partners in Care – Carers and Case Workers Stronger Together; Working with Adolescents

The challenge of working with adolescents in out-of-home care are complex; case workers and carers alike may be unprepared for the demands and changing needs of 12 – 18 years olds and this can lead to relationship breakdowns between carers, caseworkers and the children and young people they care for: Find out more

Growing Carer Capacity and Building on Strengths

More then ever before, we need to be; working with carers to empower them to be the type of carer they want to be, to support their expertise and build on their strengths to develop their learning, development and capacity. This also includes planning and supporting potential guardians and prospective adoptive parents:  Find out more