Foster and kinship carers across the region are being celebrated this week for the work they do providing vulnerable children with safe, loving homes.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said Foster and Kinship Care Week 2019 is an opportunity to recognise more than 18,000 authorised carers across NSW.

“There are many children and young people who need the safety, care and stability that most of us take for granted and we’re committed to finding them a forever family,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Every day foster and kinship carers are doing an exceptional job parenting some of our most vulnerable children but the reality is we need more.”

NSW needs about 350 new carer households to meet demand.

The $7 million program, My Forever Family NSW, was established last year to recruit, train and support carers with 390 people referred for assessment in 2018-19.

My Forever Family NSW holds regular events aimed at recruiting a wide variety of carers – singles, couples, young and old.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said selfless and dedicated carers should be commended for the work they do.

“My Forever Family NSW is giving carers the support they need to ensure children reap the benefits of permanency in their lives,” Mr Ward said.

“We also recognise the importance of keeping Aboriginal children connected with their culture, their family and their community. If you’re an Aboriginal family interested in caring for a child, I encourage you to contact My Forever Family.”

For more information on how to become a carer contact My Forever Family NSW on 1300 782 975 or visit www.myforeverfamily.org.au