To mark the start of Foster and Kinship Care Week, people are being encouraged to shine a light on the life-changing contribution carers make by nominating them for a Carer Recognition Award.

Cabinet Secretary, the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC said foster carers open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children, providing vital stability, support and care.

“This week is an opportunity to celebrate foster and kinship carers and to recognise the enormous contribution they make to the community,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“During what’s been a really challenging time for our community, foster carers have stepped up and taken on more than ever and the Carer Recognition Awards are a great opportunity to say thank you.”

The NSW Government is strengthening support for foster and kinship carers, prospective adoptive parents and guardians through My Forever Family NSW, which provides information, education, training and support to carers.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said My Forever Family NSW is also leading a renewed recruitment drive to recruit new adoptive parents, guardians and foster carers.

“We need more people to open their homes and hearts to children in out-of-home care either in a permanent or part-time way,” Mr Henskens said.

“The support you give now can last a lifetime and I encourage anyone who is up for a rewarding and life-changing experience to consider becoming a carer.”

To find out more about the Carer Recognition Awards and for more information about becoming a foster carer, visit https://www.myforeverfamily.org.au/.