My Forever Family NSW is a program funded by the NSW Government and operated by Adopt Change, in collaboration with Professor Paul Chandler, Early Start (University of Wollongong) and Continuum Consulting.
My Forever Family NSW is about caring for those who care for kids.
The program was established to:
- recruit additional carers of all kinds for children in out of home care, including foster carers (respite, emergency, restoration, short term, long term), kinship carers, guardians and adoptive parents
- supplement training in the sector for carers to ensure training is available across the state on topics that will support carers in their critical role of caring for children
- support peer-support groups and mentor programs
- provide support via a telephone support line and online support for issues that arise for carers
- provide advocacy at a systemic level, as well as individual advocacy in some cases
- work closely with the sector to support collaboration for better outcomes for children in care.
About Adopt Change
Adopt Change believes that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, nurturing and stable family home, and that all families need the appropriate supports for children to thrive.
Adopt Change works to raise community awareness of the importance of meeting these rights for children, encourage reform and empower Australians to work towards all children having positive life outcomes. We support capacity building of families to ensure that vulnerable children are able to remain within their birth family where possible. When that is not possible or safe, we advocate for other permanent options.
Operating the My Forever Family NSW program has seen Adopt Change move to being able to support more families and children in achieving stability and trauma informed care, all for better life outcomes. We are proud to have been selected to support our community in providing care supports for children.
About Professor Paul Chandler and Early Start at the University of Wollongong
Professor Paul Chandler is Foundation Director and key leader of the initial founding team that took Early Start from concept to reality. He is an active member on the Early Start Advisory Committee and advises Early Start on strategic matters. He also leads the integration of the goals of inclusion and outreach within the Early Start initiative in his role as Pro-Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Outreach. Early Start is a unique combination of community outreach, education and research initiatives, brought together under one roof with the aim of helping children realise their potential and live happy, fulfilling and healthy lives.
Early Start partners with 41 early childhood education and care centres in regional, rural and remote areas, works with a number of community groups, and can be used as a conduit for early years intervention programs by utilising knowledge, facilities and people. Early Start also provides evidence-based professional development, helping to build knowledge, skills and leadership for people in the early years environment.
About Continuum Consulting