Dialog Box

Carer Reference Groups

Giving a voice to carers

Carer Reference Groups (CRGs) are an opportunity for authorised carers to have a say about how to improve the experience of being a carer.

CRGs promote a culture of continuous improvement for foster, relative and kinship carers, and the organisations that support them.

If you are an authorised foster, kinship or relative carer you could become part of your local CRG and help find ways to improve:

  • carer support
  • recruitment
  • retention
  • advocacy.
Local voices

There are seven CRGs in NSW – one in each FACS district of NSW.  Members have an opportunity to provide feedback on issues that are relevant to carers in their own region.


Each CRG is co-chaired by a carer and a representative from a local foster care agency. The groups include up to 12 carers, as well as staff from foster care agencies, FACs and My Forever Family NSW.

This collaboration gives CRG members a deeper understanding of issues, and how to make positive changes.

My Forever Family (MFF) oversees the CRGs 

MFF will provide updates to the groups about what is happening in the out-of-home care sector. Members will have an opportunity to discuss these and any other issues that impact carers.

MFF will escalate all issues raised within each CRG and bring them to the attention of FACs, the Office of the Children’s Guardian or the NSW Ombudsman depending on which is the most appropriate in relation to the issue.

How do I join a Carer Reference Group?

We are looking for a diversity of carers from all cultural backgrounds. 

  1. Download and read through the Carer Reference Group Terms of Reference to find out more about what is involved. 
  2. Download and complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to My Forever Family.  
    By email to: enquiries@myforeverfamily.org.au or mail to:
    My Forever Family NSW
    PO Box 595 Dulwich Hill NSW 2203 
  3. We will consider your EOI and contact you to discuss your application.