Welcome to Fostering NSW

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This is your one-stop site to learn about fostering in New South Wales today. Please have a look around to find out more about becoming a foster carer and discover how you can ‘share the care.’

Foster carers make a real difference

Have you ever thought about opening up your home and your heart to a foster child? If you have, now would be a really good time.

Currently there are more than 16,525 children in out-of-home care in NSW. That number is expected to rise to more than 24,000 by 2012. So you can see why we need more foster carers to meet the urgent demand for care.

Foster carers play a vital role and by giving these children safe and caring homes, either short or long-term, help to change their lives for the better.

While fostering isn’t easy – it takes patience, understanding and a sense of humour – the rewards can be huge. With training and support, you will be equipped to weather the odd emotional storm and give every child the childhood they deserve.

People become carers for a variety of reasons, but the main motive is that they love and enjoy the company of children, and have the time and energy to provide a caring home for them.

More than 9000 Australians have taken up the challenge of foster care.

To join them, see the Apply Now! page and contact one of the foster care agencies listed there. They are waiting for your call and will be happy to talk with you about fostering.