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Foster care: helpful resources

Caring for kids: A guide for foster, relative and kinship carers

Caring for kids has been updated and is now available online. The online version is fully searchable and makes it easier to find support information quickly and while on the go. Visit the new Caring for kids website.

Caring for kids contains information about a range of day-to-day issues you may encounter as a foster carer, as well as providing a reference point for other useful sources of information and assistance. You can still download the PDF guide.

Fostering our Future

Fostering our Future is Communities and Jusitce (DCJ) quarterly newsletter for foster and kinship carers. It includes information on current news and initiatives, and provides foster carers with a way to share stories, achievements, activities and ideas.

See all issues of Fostering Our Future.

Results from DCJ survey of guardians, adoptive parents and other carers

In September 2017, DCJundertook a survey of past and present carers, guardians and adoptive parents to better understand their experience and their preferences in relation to advocacy, training and connection to other carers. The outcomes of the survey informed development of the new Carer Program to be launched in 2018. See the Results from DCJ survey of guardians, adoptive parents and other carers.

Raising tweens and teens: A guide for carers and caseworkers

Raising Tweens and Teens provides useful tips and ideas on issues like teenage privacy, provides help in negotiating and dealing with anger and has contacts for a range of support agencies. The resource touches on issues such as self esteem, body image, gender identity, bullying, cyber safety, alcohol and drugs and sexuality.

Caring together: resolving concerns and understanding your rights

Caring together: Resolving concerns and understanding your rights and responsibilities - A guide for foster, relative and kinship carers of children and young people in statutory care in NSW includes topics such as resolving issues or concerns, making a complaint, legal advice, complaints against carers, roles and responsibilities and disclosing abuse or neglect.

Raising them strong

Supporting Aboriginal kinship and foster carers – these resource feature practical information and advice to help carers and parents with the challenges of raising children and young people.

Raising Them Strong: Support for Aboriginal kinship and foster carers – covers topics such as health, education, grief and loss, family contact and navigating ‘the system’.

Raising Them Strong Topic Cards – covers health, education, family contact and support.

Raising Them Strong: Supporting Deadly Behaviours booklet - provides advice on typical challenges that parents and carers face with children.

Raising Them Strong: Case Management booklet– talks about what to expect when a child first comes into care including court proceedings, case plans, contact arrangements with birth parents and financial support.

Raising Them Strong: Caring Together - Caring for kids with a disability has information for carers who care for an Aboriginal child or young person who has a disability. It covers settling children with disabilities into your family and talking with them, specialist support staff and teachers about how to give them the care and attention they need.

Raising Them Strong Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are videos on the Fostering NSW YouTube channel that have "real life" scenarios and carer stories.

Leaving care

Leading the Way – preparing young people for leaving care is all about helping foster, relative and kinship carers support the young person in their life develop the skills and confidence they need to move into adulthood. It provides information about teaching life skills, making plans for the future and dealing with change.

Independent Living Skills - A checklist for young people in care factsheet - great 14-page information sheet for young people. This checklist will help work out what the young person can do already and what they should probably learn more about.

Supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma

These three videos about trauma have been developed with clinical psychologist Dr Howard Bath to support you in your role as a carer. These videos will help you understand trauma and how to:

  • meet the additional needs of children and young people who have experienced trauma
  • support children and young people to cope with the past and have a bright future
  • provide new strategies to manage challenging behaviours that stem from trauma.

Caring for children from diverse cultural backgrounds

Read about practical ways in which carers can support culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) children, including a Tips for carers of CALD children checklist adapted from the work of Elizabeth Vonk in Cultural Competence for Trans-racial Adoptive Parents (2001).

The NSW Reportable Conduct Scheme

The Grief and Loss – Supporting Carers Navigate Placement Change - Caseworker Guide

When carers are going through a change in placement, it is important to think about how we can provide them with the necessary support during this transition. It's essential to recognise that carers and their families may experience emotions of sadness and loss, even in the context of a well-planned and positive change, like restoration. This guide has been designed to assist caseworkers provide this support.

Other resources

Supporting carers of other people’s children - Australian Foster Care Association's (AFCA) national foster carer handbook.

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Last updated: 15 Nov 2023