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My Forever Family NSW research

The Institute of Open Adoption Studies was commissioned by My Forever Family NSW to examine the standards of training for out-of-home carers in NSW and to understand the challenges and motivations in recruiting carers for older children and young people (9+). 

The first phase consisted of a literature review analysing Australian and international research related to foster care recruitment practices, with a specific focus on recruitment of older children and an overview of international models of training and recommendations regarding best practice principles in training for foster carers, kinship carers, guardians, and adoptive families.  

The second phase is now available to the public. Testing media messages: Barriers and motivations to recruiting carers for children and young people aged 9+describes the findings of the study aimed at addressing the current gap in understanding of the motivations and barriers to caring for older children. The study involved the development of a media campaign in partnership with My Forever Family NSW, which was piloted in a survey with the members of the NSW public who showed interest in becoming a foster carer. 

Standards in training for out-of-home carers: The views of carers in NSW  used interviews, focus groups and the findings of the 2019 Carer Survey to inform the findings of a qualitative study that explored the preferences and perspectives of carers with respect to content, delivery and accessibility of training.

Phase 1 - released 2019

Executive summary - Standards in training for out-of-home carers

Standards in training for out-of-home carers

Executive Summary - Recruiting carers for children and young people in care aged 9+

Recruiting carers for children and young people in care aged 9+

Phase 2 - released 2020

Testing media messages: Barriers and motivations to recruiting carers for children and young people aged 9+

Standards in training for out-of-home carers: The views of carers in NSW

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