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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and carers

NSW needs more Aboriginal foster carers to care for Aboriginal children.  If you have a big heart and commitment to keeping Aboriginal kids connected to their family, community and culture then we want to hear from you.

Contact us to discuss how you can become a carer.  We will refer you to an accredited Aboriginal community-controlled agency in your area if possible. 

My Forever Family NSW will offer you ongoing training and support.

Read more about becoming a foster carer

Contact us to take the first steps to becoming a carer.

My Forever Family NSW is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and individuals to develop our services in line with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles.

To ensure that Aboriginal children and young people in care stay connected to their family, community and country, My Forever Family NSW:

  • provides tailored training for carers of Aboriginal children
  • is developing a dedicated recruitment strategy for Aboriginal people
  • works with non-indigenous carers of Aboriginal children and young people to help understand and support their children’s needs
  • works with carers and agencies so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are supported by (or transitioned with their carer to) an accredited Aboriginal community-controlled organisations delivering out-of-home care where possible.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles aim to ensure that intervention into family life does not disconnect children from their family and culture. The principles aim to support:

  • recognition and protection of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, family members and communities in child welfare matters
  • self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in child welfare matters; and
  • reduction in the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

In practice, it means that the order of preference for placement options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people is as follows:

  • family and kin networks
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander non-related carers in the child's community
  • carers in another Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community
  • non-Indigenous carers, provided they are able to maintain the child's connections to their family, community and cultural identity.
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