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Relative and kinship care support and resources

How to get support, information about financial allowances and assistance, and a list of helpful and printable resources

Kinship care: services and support contact list

General information

ChildStory Caring

The ChildStory Caring site has a helpful contact directory.

Aftercare

Anglicare
02 9890 6855

Barnardos Australia
02 9218 2300
1800 066 757

Burnside Aftercare Services (Uniting)
02 9768 6866

Care Leavers of Australia Network (CLAN)
1800 008 774
Support group for people over age 25 who were in orphanages, children’s homes or foster care.

CatholicCare
13 18 19

DCJ Careleaver’s Line
1800 994 686
CareleaversLine@facs.nsw.gov.au

Family Tracing Service
02 9211 0277

Familink International Social Services Australia (ISS
02 9267 0300
1300 657 843 
Family tracing, reunion support services, including mediation.

Link Up Family Services (NSW)
02 9837 2200
1800 624 332
For Aboriginal adults who were separated from their families as children through wardship, adoption, fostering or institutional care, as well as Aboriginal families who were separated from their children.

Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC
02 9504 6288

Wesley Dalmar Child and Family Care – Aftercare Services
02 9804 7255

Health emergencies

In an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 000 immediately.

Children’s Hospital Randwick
02 9382 1111

Children’s Hospital Westmead
02 9845 0000

Kidsafe
02 9845 0890

NSW Poisons Information Centre
13 11 26

Support and counselling

There are many foster care support groups around NSW. These group activities provide invaluable opportunities for carers to talk to one another, swap advice and build support networks with other foster parents in the area.

My Forever Family NSW
1300 782 975
Support and training to foster, kinship and relative carers across NSW.

Foster Parents Support Network
1800 262 445
Support for foster carers in Sydney and regional areas

Aboriginal Statewide Foster Carer Support Service
1800 888 698
Helps carers to provide quality, culturally appropriate care for kids.

Mission Australia Helpline
1300 886 999

CatholicCare Relationship Counselling
13 18 19

Lifeline
13 11 14

Relationships Australia
02 9418 8800
1300 364 277

Parenting

Childcare Access Hotline
1800 670 305

NSW Family Services
02 9692 9999
A peak body that represents over 250 family services in NSW and can help you find a service in your local area.

Karitane
02 9794 1852
1300 227 464

Parent Line NSW
1300 1300 52
Telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents, carers and professionals who have concerns about a child aged 0 to 18 years. 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday; 4pm to 9pm weekends; closed public holidays.

Tresillian
1300 272 736
Information and counselling for parents or carers of children under five years. Open 7am-11pm Mon-Sun.

Young people

CREATE Foundation
02 9267 0977
1800 655 105

Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800

Legal Aid Helpline
1800 101 810
For under 18s, 9am to midnight weekdays, 24 hours weekends

Twenty10 Association
02 8594 9555
1800 652 010 
Gay and lesbian youth services, 24 hours

Youth Lifeline
13 11 14

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse in foster care

Sexual abuse is a terrible crime that affects people for a long time. You may have been abused in foster care many years ago, but could still be suffering the consequences. Find out how to get help and seek justice.

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Last updated: 04 Mar 2020