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Carer support groups

Building a network of support

When caring for children and young people, you’ll experience unique joys and equally unique challenges. Parenting these special kids is very different to parenting your own. Some of the particular issues that your kids may experience, combined with the need to protect their privacy, can make it hard to find someone to talk to who can understand what you’re going through.

Carer support groups are local groups for carers who live in the same area. Other carers can offer you shared experience and learned knowledge to support you in a unique and meaningful way by offering mutual support, the opportunity to relax and take time-out with people who understand and discussions about being a carer and raising kids and teens.

How can carer support groups help you?

Carer support groups are your opportunity to share information and stories and seek advice, acknowledgement and solidarity from other carers who are walking the same path as you. You’ll build resilience, learn new perspectives and approaches and you may even make lifelong friendships.

Take the opportunity to hear from other carers about services and activities for families in your area. Through the experience of your peers, you may discover a new service that fits your family’s needs. Many carers and their families find that they become more empowered in seeking their own alternative support systems.

What happens at a carer support group?

Group gatherings are a time to relax and relate to other people in your situation. Carers usually get together on a monthly basis to have a cuppa and a catch up - taking the time to get to know one another and support each other as individuals. 

Some groups further their support with presentations from experts in related fields. Common topics include parenting strategies, local services and health and nutrition.  It is also possible to have a professional facilitator help your group discuss particular, more sensitive issues.

How are carer support groups run?

Carer Support Groups are sometimes run and supported by the My Forever Family NSW Carer Support team.

At this stage, there is no process to ensure that members of the carer support groups are currently authorised carers. Group participants may need to satisfy themselves about the appropriateness of attendees.

Find your local Carer Support Group: 

Central Coast    Far West NSW   Hunter   Illawarra Shoalhaven   Mid North Coast   

Murrumbidgee    Nepean Blue Mountains   New England   Northern NSW

Sydney   Sydney- Northern   Sydney - South East   Sydney - South Western

Southern NSW   Western NSW   Western Sydney   Greater Western Sydney

Central Coast

AFAFMI-Grand Families -Narara

Grand families recognise the important role played by grandparents raising grandchildren.

AFAFMI-Grand Families -Kincumber

Grand families recognise the important role played by grandparents raising grandchildren.

Gorokan carer support group - Central Coast region

Kinship & Foster Carers Support Group - Kanwal NSW

A Support Group for family members and foster carers caring for a child or teenager.

Central Coast Foster Carers Support Group - Tuggerah NSW

Our support group is for registered Foster Carers from all Agencies and is run by Foster Carers. We share information and experiences, particularly as to how fostering affects us and our families,  while always being mindful of privacy issues. We encourage fresh ideas to support each other.

Central Coast Family Support Services
Northern Support Group - Wyong

Southern Support Group - Erina

Far West NSW

Broken Hill Foster & Kin Carers Support Group


Joshua House Support and Education Group - Charlestown NSW

Joshua House is a voluntary initiative to bring together carers and specialists to facilitate the education, services and support for carers in the Hunter region. At these meetings, carers will have the opportunity to hear and learn from industry specialists. These industry specialists are passionate about supporting carers. They donating their valuable time and energy to support this initiative and will present to the group on a variety of relevant topics.

The opportunity is for carers to connect and collaborate with other carers and leading specialists who understand their daily walk and to seek answers to the wide variety of issues that carers face each day. The specialist support covers Behavioural Management, Self-Care, Individual Education Plans, Psychology (RAD and Co-dependency), Occupational Therapy, NDIS, Agency direction and Trauma-Informed Care as a starting platform.

All carers, support workers and industry professionals are welcome to attend.  There is no cost, the facilitation is completely free.

Hunter Region Groups

Foster Families Hunter Valley

We provide a carer support group, a place to share any issues you may be facing, a time to relax in the comfort of others who understand what it takes to meet the day to day needs of being a foster carer/ kinship carer. It is a great place for new carers to find support from long-term carers who can share their knowledge about the OOHC system.

Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Region Groups 

Newcastle Foster Carers Group

This is a group for any foster carers in the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie/Port Stephens areas who would like to get together for a monthly lunch or events. 

Events will be posted to the Facebook group "Newcastle and Hunter Foster Carers Group". All authorised foster carers are welcome to join the Facebook group.

Coalfields Region Groups

Illawarra Shoalhaven

Northern Illawarra Carer Support Group - Thirroul

This group is an opportunity for foster carers current and past to meet together in a safe, positive, non-judgemental environment where carers are supported and listened to.

Southern Illawarra Carer Support Group – Shellharbour NSW

We are trying something different this year and will be holding a morning tea event as well as an evening event for dinner/drinks every second month at The Shellharbour Club. Everyone is welcome to attend both events.

Mid North Coast

Support Groups - Mid North Coast

Morning Tea and children are welcome.


Albury & District Carers – Western

Open to all carers of kids - kin/foster/guardian all welcome for a chat and catch up.  A great way to get contacts for services and supports to help us in raising our kids. Note: Date changes month to month, please contact Sue for next months date.

Nepean Blue Mountains

Carer Support Group – Penrith

Lithgow Carer Support Group - Nepean Blue Mountains

Support Group for Carers seeking to grow their Carer community, share experiences, resources and discuss common issues we all face, so together we can find useful strategies.

Raising Kin – Springwood NSW

Raising Kin is a support group for grandparents, relatives and kinship carers who care for a child who is a relative.  

Come along to meet others who are the primary carers of a grandchild, niece or nephew, sibling or other relative who is not their child.

New England

Armidale Carers Support Group

This is a monthly support group to catch up, share a cup of tea, gain support from other carers in similar situations and learn about relevant support services.

Inverell and District Foster and Kinship Support Group – Northern NSW

Our carer support group is open to all foster and kinship carers in the Inverell district. You are all most welcome and will be warmly received.

Our aim is to network with and share our experiences of caring with each other to strengthen what it is we do for the children and young people in our care.

‘We are there for you and you are there for us’.

Northern NSW

Lismore Carers Support Group

This is a monthly support group to catch up, share a cup of tea, gain support from other carers in similar situations and learn about relevant support services.

Byron/Tweed Carer Support Group 

This is a monthly support group to catch up, share a cup of tea, gain support from carers that can offer you a different kind of care to the service you receive from your agency or in training. Carers at Carer support groups have shared experience and learned knowledge to support each other.

Northern Sydney

Sydney North Shore Carers

Calling all Sydney North Shore and surrounding suburbs carers to join us start a new group of carers offering each other support during the foster care journey.

Initially, we’ll meet every first Sunday afternoon for a cup of tea, a chat and a play at Blenheim Park, but we’re very open to suggestions re: other times and venues (e.g. Warriewood Valley aka Rocket Park playground). Blenheim Park caters to kids of all ages and there’s also a dog park, so bring your furry friends along.

Please get in touch.

South East Sydney

Sutherland Foster Carer Support Group - Heathcote

South Western Sydney

Settlement Services International - South Western Sydney
Arabic Carer Support Group

Vietnamese Carer Support Group

Turkish Carer Support Group

Southern NSW

Goulburn and surrounds – Foster Carer Support Group

Queanbeyan and Canberra support group - NSW/ACT


Young Foster Carers Support Group – Greater Sydney Region 

Young Foster carers (under 40) often face unique challenges in caring for children. Join us for an open space to vent and seek advice from other carers.

Respite and Part-Time Carer Support Group - NSW

Respite and part-time carers, let’s catch up, have a chat and share our experiences in a confidential space.

Western NSW

Carer Support Group – Bathurst Region

Western Sydney

Parents Again - Baulkham Hills

Our Parents Again support group is a catch up amongst people /families in similar situations to be able to share stories/advice. We also support the members of our group by attending to their individual needs, if you are needing advice/ referral/ assistance from certain organisations we can help with research and arrange special workshops to suit the needs/wants of the group. 

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Greater Western Sydney 

Aboriginal Carers Group – Cranebrook NSW

A group for kinship and foster carers of Aboriginal children and young people. Carers can be Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal. Come along for a chat, meet new people and support one another. Morning tea provided.

The information provided by My Forever Family NSW on carer support groups includes material on groups established by other organisations or individuals. The groups have not been reviewed by My Forever Family NSW and are separate entities to My Forever Family NSW. My Forever Family NSW strive to improve your knowledge and skills and to promote opportunities for you as foster carers to connect with other carers, exchange experiences and provide support however we do not take responsibility for your voluntary participation in these groups.  

Please speak with your case manager at your foster care agency if you have questions or concerns about any carer support group. 

We also encourage feedback from carers and the sector as well on the listings provided.

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