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NSW foster care and adoption agencies
My Forever Family NSW refers potential carers to accredited foster care and adoption agencies across NSW. 

If you are interested in becoming a carer and finding out more about agencies near you, contact us

Allambi Care

Allambi Care prides itself on providing a caring and professionally supported journey for all carers. From a dedicated carer recruitment team to ongoing specialist therapeutic training, we will enable you to effectively support a child or young person in your home.  As a carer with Allambi Care, your options include respite, emergency, restoration and long term care, as well as guardianship and adoption.

We believe foster care can be an amazing opportunity for not only children but the carers themselves and we will be by your side the whole way. For any information contact one of our friendly staff today.

Anglicare NSW South NSW, West, ACT

Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT supports children and young people (aged 0-17 years) who can no longer live at home with their family and are under the temporary or full time care of the Minister. Our service provides care for children and young people with a variety of needs (from the low level to complex needs) from any cultural and religious background, and of any gender.

We have three categories of care: Immediate Care that is up to six months and supports children to be reunified with the families or transition to permanent carer; Permanent Care supporting children and young people to achieve permanency through guardianship, adoption or long term care; and respite care. The services are provided within the FACS districts of Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee, Far West and Western NSW.

Anglicare Sydney

Anglicare Sydney provides foster care placements for children requiring long term, short term, immediate and respite care. Guardianship and Adoption Orders are sought for children in long term care, where suitable.

Carers are from different backgrounds and life stages, but must have time and availability for the child, and skills and insights to meet their needs. Training, casework support, a network of social activities with other carers and financial assistance is provided. Children placed are aged from babies to adolescents, and have a range of cultural backgrounds and needs. Carers are particularly sought who are able to provide for school-aged children, children with additional needs and children who are part of a sibling group.

Barnardos Australia

Barnardos Australia believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential.

We work together with children, young people and families to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes, connected to family and community. Our intensive family support programs strengthen families and keep children safe at home. When this is not possible, we also provide safe homes for children through foster care and kinship care to give children a safe place to grow up and develop. Since 1985, Barnardos has pioneered open adoption for non-Aboriginal children in NSW, giving children the permanency and security they need, for life.

CareSouth

There are many ways you can make a difference for a child or young person in your community who may be unable to live at home. CareSouth urgently needs emergency foster carers, short term and respite carers and those interested in fostering to adopt.

Our foster carers are everyday people. They are young couples, same-sex couples, single people, older people, have children of their own or have no children or may be retired. We welcome enquiries from a broad range of people to find the best care for children and young people. We provide an exceptional level of ongoing support and training along with an allowance.

CASPA Foster Care (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation)

CASPA is a leading agency in foster care, guardianship and adoption in northern NSW. Due to its commitment to enhancing carers capacity, CASPA is one of the few organisations that provides free training for any accredited foster carer from any agency. Visit website for a list of the available sessions.

We are looking for resilient and committed people who can work in partnership with us to provide a brighter future for Australian kids.

In recent years, CASPA has grown from strength to strength and also runs Statutory Therapeutic Residential Out-of-Home care, Therapeutic Family Contact Supervision, Mental Health Recovery, Carer Respite and Disability Care Services. We also count on a specialised team of clinicians and therapists providing trauma-informed therapeutic services and groups. Most recently CASPA has also become a provider of Family Preservation and Early Intervention services.

CASPA employs approximately 250 staff, and deliver services in Casino, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Tweed Heads regions. We currently have 17 residential locations, with 30 young people in residential care, and 70 young people in foster care.

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CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay

There are many children and young people in our communities who are unable to live with their families. CatholicCare’s services for children and young people in out of home care (OOHC) provide essential support, care and stability for children and young people affected by family breakdown, to enable them to recover and thrive. We provide foster care through our network of experienced family carers, residential homes, access to therapy and counselling and in-home support to reduce the risk of family breakdown. Through our suite of services, and the dedication of our specialist support teams and foster carers, we are changing the lives of children and young people for the better.

CatholicCare Hunter-Manning

Every child deserves a loving, caring home and we need carers who can help ensure that children in the Hunter get just that. Our program provides care for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years of age.

Our carers are supported to provide optimal care for children.  We care about our carers, value their opinions, encourage their learning and respect their need for support. CatholicCare’s emphasis on a family-based approach sets us apart. Ongoing training provided to carers is specifically targeted according to their needs and is CatholicCare’s significant point of difference. As a carer, you will also receive an allowance, a dedicated care team, access to 24/7 emergency support and social activities.

CatholicCare Wollongong

CatholicCare Wollongong seeks foster carers who are able to provide safe, nurturing and stable homes for children and young people to thrive and reach their full potential. As an inclusive organisation, we welcome all foster care applicants, both singles and couples at different life stages, and help all those in need, regardless of religious beliefs. Carers are needed who can provide:

  • immediate care for emergency placements
  • restoration/short-term care to support children returning to their families
  • permanent care with options including adoption and guardianship
  • respite care

We offer carers:

  • regular home visits and communication with qualified and experienced caseworkers
  • access to our team psychologist and other counselling and parenting education services
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • ongoing training, carer support and social activities
  • carer allowance
  • respite care
  • information, referral and advocacy
Challenge Foster Care

You might be surprised at how possible it is to become a foster carer or adoptive parent. Challenge Community Services considers married and de facto couples (including same-sex couples) as well as single people. We understand the decision to foster or adopt is a big one. The Challenge Foster Care team will discuss your situation and your suitability as a foster carer. Once you become a carer you’ll be supported all the way by a dedicated caseworker and the Challenge team.

Community Services

While Community Services continues to authorise a limited number of foster carers at this time, we encourage people who are interested in fostering to apply with a non-government agency listed on this site.

Creating Links NSW Ltd

Creating Links is a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) agency that provides out of home care to children, young people and sibling groups. Children, young people and sibling groups in Out of Home Care experience many challenges throughout their life. As a foster carer, you have the opportunity to help children and young people grow and mature, achieve great education, feel valued and respected along with many other positive qualities of being a foster carer.

Foster carers come from many different backgrounds and all walks of life. We welcome people with children, couples or singles, same-sex couples, retirees, students and anyone with the appropriate skills to care for a child, young person or sibling group. By providing a stable and loving home to a child, young person or sibling group, you have the opportunity to set them on a path to a brighter future.

Family Spirit

Family Spirit is a new entity formed from the partnership between Marist180 and CatholicCare Sydney delivering services to support the care of children into permanent arrangements. We believe that by working together, we can foster better outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families. We have offices in Bankstown, Lewisham and Blacktown to allow us to reach out across South Western Sydney to the Blue Mountains. We are an accredited Adoption Agency.

Foundations Care

At Foundations Care, we believe that every child has the right to feel safe, accepted and valued and every foster carer is given all the support and flexibility they need to make this a reality. This support can include training, information about financial assistance, 24 hour on call assistance, get-together’s and information sessions with our carer community, access to our network of support specialists. Our carers come from every walk of life with a commitment to children and the capacity to provide a safe home. 

The Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) program is being run by Foundations Care in the Hunter and Northern Rivers. This is a new program that will replace the previous model of Residential Out of Home Care by 1st July 2020. We are seeking Therapeutic Carers who are willing to work as part of a care team to support children and young people aged 12 to 17 who have experienced significant trauma. This support is aimed at enabling children and young people to move beyond the significant impacts of trauma and move toward a permanent supportive living arrangement.

Key Assets The Children’s Services Provider

Key Assets is a non-government, not-for-profit children’s services agency and part of the International Key Assets Group, providing services across Australia to children, young people and their families, with a particular focus on foster care.

Key Assets is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive agency, AWEI Bronze Employer of Choice for 2015 & 2016, AWEI Gold Employer Award for 2017, AWEI Silver Employer Award for 2018, finalist for the Australian HR Awards 2017 and Top 3 Finalist in the Diversity Awards NZ for Cultural Celebrations.

Key Assets provides therapeutic practice support to carers/families and the vulnerable children and young people placed in their care.

Life Without Barriers

Life Without Barriers is a social purpose organisation providing a range of child, youth and family services across Australia. We put children first in everything we do and champion child safety and wellbeing whenever we can. We provide foster and kinship care services that help children go safely home to family. When this can’t happen we work with foster and kinship carers to provide permanent loving homes that keep children well connected to their family, culture, language and community.

We take a therapeutic approach to all our work with children, young people and families and we support all our foster care and kinship carers to care for children in ways that help them to heal, learn and grow.

At Life Without Barriers we believe all children will do well if they are given the opportunity.

Lifestyle Solutions

Lifestyle Solutions is committed to forging close supportive relationships with our foster carers. Foster carers are the foundation of the support we provide to children and young people who are unable to live with their families, whether for a short period of time or on a permanent basis. We are seeking to provide children who are in care the same opportunities and life experiences as their peers.

We are seeking carers who are willing to support the restoration of children to their birth families, or who can provide immediate emergency care or respite care, or provide permanent long-term care, or care while moving towards guardianship or adoption.

Like the children we support, our foster carers come from a broad range of backgrounds. Carers can be male and female couples or same sex couples, come from diverse cultural backgrounds and have diverse abilities and skills. They can be single people with or without their own children. They can be retired or employed or not employed. If you have the time and commitment to give to a child, and are willing to participate as a member of broad care team for a child, we are happy to talk to you about what it takes to be a foster carer.

The common interest of foster carers is in sharing their lives and caring for children and young people who require safe home environments, while supporting them to maintain their identity and family connections.

MacKillop Family Services

MacKillop Family Services, a Catholic agency, exists to support, foster hope and promote justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse. Our vision is to transform lives in the spirit of justice and hope. We deliver foster care in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. We provide respite, emergency, short term and long term care.

MacKillop Family Services understands the important role foster carers play in supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families. We are committed to supporting you, so you can provide the best care possible. We use a therapeutic care model. You and your foster child are supported by a specialist team that helps you understand your foster child and respond appropriately to their needs.

MacKillop Family Services (St Joseph’s Cowper)

St Joseph’s Cowper, part of MacKillop Family Services, is an inclusive not-for-profit organisation that provides a high-quality fostering and residential accommodation that meet the needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.

Mallee Family Care Inc.

Mallee Family Care NSW is a non-government agency that provides care to children in the Wentworth and Balranald Shire areas. Mallee Family Care is an inclusive not-for-profit organisation that provides a high quality fostering service that meet the range of needs of children and young people in out-of-home care NSW and VIC.

Our goal is to keep local children local, so that they can maintain their identity and links to their biological family. We need a diverse range of carers to cater to the individual needs of the young people in our care. Foster carers are everyday members of the community who have a strong commitment to children and young people. They can be families, couples or singles, male or female. Foster carers can be with children for a long term, a short term, or as emergency or respite. We work with carers as a part of an overall care team, with the focus on the child.

Marist180 Foster Care

We focus on providing stable and nurturing homes for children aged eight years and up where they can experience the help and attention they need. We provide support and training for our carers. Marist180 Foster Care focus on finding homes for children aged eight years and over, a group who often miss out on the opportunity to live with a family and experience the help and attention they need.

Marist180 is committed to recruiting carers who can provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for children, and support their development until age 18. Marist180 carers are resilient, energetic, flexible and caring. They can give a child hope for the future. Marist180 welcomes families, couples or singles from all cultures and backgrounds.

We offer carers:

  • Support from skilled caseworkers
  • Access to experienced residential and clinical staff when needed
  • An allowance equivalent to Community Services allowance
  • Regular home visits and phone calls
  • Online training and social events.
Marymead

Marymead, a well-respected, not-for-profit organisation servicing the ACT and southern and western regional areas of NSW, has been delivering a range of high quality, family support services to children, young people and their families since 1967.

Marymead’s Permanency Program includes foster care, restoration support, adoption and guardianship - all with the common goal of creating permanency for the child or young person. We need a diverse range of carers to cater to the individual needs of the children and young people in our care. Foster carers are everyday members of the community who have a strong commitment to children and young people. They can be families, couples or singles.

Pathfinders

Pathways have an established out-of-home care program in Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes, Tamworth and surrounding areas as group homes, intensive and generalist foster care.

Pathfinders Pathways Foster Care program are seeking caring, committed people to become foster carers for our organisation in the New England area. We are seeking people for long term, temporary and respite care for children and young people aged 0-18 in the care of the Minister of Community Services.

Samaritans

Samaritans provide foster care in Newcastle, Mudgee, Taree and regional NSW. Foster carers provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people who are not able to live with their family.

Settlement Services International

SSI Multicultural Foster Care is a specialist out-of-home care service for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds aged 0-18 years. The service operates in parts of metropolitan Sydney and the Hunter-Central Coast area.

At SSI, we believe children in care who are supported to learn about and maintain a connection to their culture, religion and language have better outcomes as they grow up than those who are not supported in this way. These connections help children to understand where they have come from and to develop their sense of belonging and identity.

Helping children stay connected with their culture, language and religion also helps children settle if and when they are returned to their birth parents.

Stretch-A-Family

Sydney based not-for-profit secular organisation that provides care for children who cannot live with their families. Stretch-A- Family (SAF) provides comprehensive support to our foster carers to give children from 0 - 18 years the wings to fly.

St Saviours (Anglicare)

St Saviours support children and young people (aged 0-17 years) who can no longer live at home with their family and are under the temporary or full time care of the Minister. Our service provides care for children and young people with a variety of needs (from the low level to complex needs) from any cultural and religious background, and of any gender.

We have three categories of care:

  • Immediate Care that is up to six months and supports children to be reunified with the families or transition to permanent carer
  • Permanent Care supporting children and young people to achieve permanency through Guardianship, Adoption or Long Term Care
  • Respite Care.

The services are provided within the FACS districts of Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains, South Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW. St Saviours is a service of by Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT.

The Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society recruits and supports foster carers across diverse communities to provide safe, loving and welcoming homes for children and young people at risk.

Our foster carers have access to 24/7 support, ongoing training, workshops and meetups. We support foster carers to create a loving, welcoming, safe environment for a child in need.

The Burdekin Association

We are a community based, not for profit organisation in the Northern Sydney area that offers a range of support and accommodation services to young people aged between the ages of 12 and 24 years, and their families.

Case managers provide intensive support to community carers, young people and their families. An on-call service for young people and carers is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Our aim is to prevent young people from becoming homeless by developing healthy relationships, stable accommodation and establishing goals to secure education or career pathways.

Uniting

Uniting provides foster care for young people between the age of 0-17 that are not able to live at home through short term, long term and respite care. We work alongside foster carers, young people and the young person’s family, supporting engagement and positive outcomes. Our carers are supported to provide quality care for young people through regular engagement and training.

At Uniting we encourage and consider all people to become carers including married couples and de-facto relationships (including LGTBI). We welcome anyone thinking of becoming a foster carer to contact us and allow us the privilege of supporting you to become a carer.

UPA Youth Care Services

Youth Care UPA is a program managed by UPA Far North Coast. Our program provides safe, secure and caring alternative living arrangements for children and young people who cannot live with their natural families. It is our mission to provide a therapeutic out of home care program, which empowers children and young people, and creates opportunities for their future to enhance their quality of life.

Veritas House Inc.

Veritas House is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that was established in Central Western NSW more than 35 years ago and has grown to become one of the largest providers of foster care and youth homelessness services in the region. As a community-based organisation with offices in Orange and Bathurst, our staff are local and responsive to the needs of our valued foster carers. We are committed to providing carers with regular visits, training and supports that are personalised and reflect the unique needs of being a foster carer in regional NSW.

Wesley Dalmar

Wesley Dalmar cares for more than 630 children and young people across NSW, from Richmond in the south to Ballina in the north. Wesley Dalmar’s foster care programs offer temporary care in view of restoration, guardianship and adoption, and permanent foster care for children and young people from birth to adulthood, intensive foster care, Wesley Aunties & Uncles mentoring and specialist house parent model for sibling groups or young people transitioning from care.

William Campbell Foundation

We are a Christian not-for-profit organisation committed to making a difference and being the difference. We were built on an unwavering promise to provide loving, all-heart families and safe homes to those we support.

Located on the South Coast of NSW, William Campbell Foundation provides care and support to vulnerable children, young people, individuals and families. We provide support in many different ways through our programs:

  • Permanency Support Program (restoration, guardianship, open adoption, foster care)
  • Family Support Services (education support, mentoring, supervised contact and transport)
  • Clinical Services (Therapeutic Clinical Support to carers, children, young people and families).

Our Founder, Bill Campbell was a child in care himself, separated from his sisters and placed into many foster homes and institutions. From his experiences as a child, Bill saw a need for a dedicated organisation to provide services, care and support to vulnerable children, young people, individuals and families.


Aboriginal Foster Care Agencies

Abcare – Coffs Harbour

Abcare is an incorporated not-for-profit, non-government, community based organisation located in Coffs Harbour NSW, providing general foster care placements and recruitment, assessment and training of foster carers.

Biripi Aboriginal Children’s Service and Walanbaa Gaayili Out of Home Care Service

Biripi Aboriginal Children’s Services has two services for children and young persons living in out of home care situations.  One of these services is located in Taree (BACS) and the other is located in Inverell (Walanbaa Gaayili).

Biripi Aboriginal Children’s Service and Walanbaa Gaayili Out of Home Care Service provides Foster Care Support Services to foster and kinship/relative carers and is an inclusive not-for-profit organisation that provides a high quality fostering service that meets the range of needs of children and young people in out-of-home care. BACS is focussed on providing foster care to Aboriginal children and young people and the preference is that they be placed in or on country with Aboriginal foster and kinship carers.

Burrun Dalai Out of Home Care & Family Support Service, Tamworth & Armidale

Burrun Dalai means "dream for children" in Dunghutti.  We are an Aboriginal community controlled organisation providing support to Aboriginal children and young people, their birth families and foster families.

Burrun Dalai's vision is to maintain Aboriginal family values.

Ensuring this objective has traditionally involved the extended family members and community members in the care and development of children.

This is why it’s important that our carers or one carer in a family is of Aboriginal descent.

Gaba Yula Out of Home Care

At Gaba Yula, Aboriginal caseworkers provide support for Aboriginal carers and Aboriginal young people living in care. Gaba Yula means "to make good again" in the language of the Gomeroi people. The service aims to meet the needs of vulnerable and high-risk children, their families and carers by providing:

  • Care recruitment
  • Family contact, parenting services and reunification strategies
  • Training and support
  • Cultural connections
  • Access to supported playgroups.

Gaba Yula Aboriginal Out-of-Home Care is a partnership between the Greater Western Sydney Aboriginal Corporation and Uniting.

Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi (in partnership with Barnardos Australia)

Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi is an Aboriginal foster care service on the Central Coast offering short term and permanent foster care and kinship care services.

KARI

KARI is the largest Aboriginal foster care service provider in Australia.

KARI has developed a unique foster care model that delivers full case management of our children and young people in care. This means we can ensure that Aboriginal culture plays a significant role in the care of a child or young person.

KARI is committed to providing quality, sustainable services to Aboriginal communities, especially in the areas of Aboriginal child protection and Aboriginal community support programs.

We envision a future of flourishing Aboriginal families, youth and communities.

Muloobinba Aboriginal Corporation, Cultural Journeyz Hunter Region

Muloobinba Aboriginal Corporation provides the Cultural Journeyz program that supports Aboriginal Children and Young People and their carers in foster care in the Hunter Region.

Myimbarr Child and Family Service

At Myimbarr Aboriginal OOHC we seek safe and caring foster homes for Aboriginal children, aged 0 to 18.

Our children need carers that are patient, nurturing and understanding. At Myimbarr, we offer our carers ongoing training and 24/7 support, so you don’t have to do it alone.

If you can open your home for respite, short term or restoration care please contact Myimbarr on (02) 4211 0601 or Email us. we’d love to chat with you.

Narang Bir-rong, Barnardos

Narang Bir-rong believes that Aboriginal/TSI children are best raised by their own families however, when they are unable to remain at home, they should maintain connections with their community and kin. Narang Bir-rong offers support to carers who have children or young persons in their care as a result of family kinship ties and monitors the care of these children. All potential carers are assessed regardless of their relationship to the child or young person as the need for support and supervision are always based on the findings of the assessment. Narang Bir-rong ensures that the child or young person's family or kinship group are involved in all aspects of work such as case planning, providing support, reviewing and monitoring case plans and planning for children or young people to exit care. 

Narang Bir-rong ensures that only people best able to meet the individual needs of children and young people are recruited as authorised carers and that carers receive appropriate training and ongoing support for their roles. Narang Bir-rong also provides carers with opportunities to participate in decisions such as case planning and implementation and developing exit plans, and that carers have their rights upheld.

Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Child & Family Network Inc.

Ngunya Jarjum (meaning "all our children") Aboriginal Child and Family Network Inc. is a community based service, which is made up of dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people who are committed to improving services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families throughout the Far North Coast.

Ngurambang Out of Home Care

We provide culturally supported placement options for aboriginal children and young people 0-18 years of age.  We also provide aftercare service for young people 18-25 years who have left foster care.

Ngurambang is an Aboriginal service established to provide case management and support for Aboriginal children and young people living in care. Meaning "special place/home" in Wiradjuri, Ngurambang operates in Western New South Wales with a focus on Dubbo, Narromine, and Wellington.

South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation

The South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (SMSAC) is the only fully accredited Aboriginal NGO within the Shoalhaven and Far South Coast providing permanency support services. Our support team provides carers with access to ongoing training, scheduled carer meetings, regular reviews, respite care, community activities, service referrals, 24 hour on-call service and other supports as needed. 

Wandiyali

Aboriginal Children and Young people in the Hunter are in need of quality care, love, affection, a place to call home. 

Being able to let a child feel trust and love again is so rewarding. It’s a privilege to provide and teach that.
There are children out there that need a home, love and a family, can you help?

Wanggaay Koori Out of Home Care Service (in partnership with Anglicare)

Wanggaay Koori Out-of-Home-Care Service supports children and young people (aged 0-17 years) who can no longer live at home with their family and are under the temporary or full time care of the Minister. Our service provides care for children and young people with a variety of needs (from the low level to complex needs) from an Indigenous background and of any gender.

We have three categories of care:

  • Immediate care that is up to six months and supports children to be reunified with the families or transition to permanent carer
  • Permanent care supporting children and young people to achieve permanency through guardianship, or long term care
  • Respite care.

The services are provided within the FACS districts of Murrumbidgee. Wanggaay is a partnership between RivMed and Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT

Woomera Aboriginal Co, Out of Home Care Foster Care Program

Woomera Aboriginal Co Foster Care Services is an inclusive not-for-profit organisation that provides a high quality fostering service that meets the range of needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.


My Forever Family NSW refers potential carers to accredited foster care and adoption agencies across NSW. 

Where ever possible we refer Aboriginal carers to accredited Aboriginal community-controlled foster care agencies. 

If you are interested in becoming a carer and finding out more about agencies near you, contact us.

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