Macarthur families encouraged to consider fostering children

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Does your family have a little extra love to give?

The NSW Government is hoping to encourage families across the state, including Macarthur, to consider fostering children.

The focus of this year's Foster Care Week (September 13 to September 19) is finding safe, loving and permanent homes for vulnerable kids.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said the state government was reinforcing its commitment to put children first and to improve outcomes for kids in out-of-home care.

He is calling for Wollondilly locals to consider opening their hearts and their homes for a child in need.

"Our government is committed to putting children first, and creating stability for kids in outof-home care is an essential part of that," Mr Smith said.

"It doesn't matter if you are single, married, young or old, rent or own your own home - people from all walks of life can provide children with a loving home so that they can thrive."

An estimated 350 carer households are needed across NSW to meet demand.

There are many options for foster carers including part-time care, restoration care, kinship care, guardianship and open adoption.

The NSW Government is strengthening support for foster and kinship carers through the $7 million, My Forever Family program.

More than 550 potential cares were referred to the program last financial year.

Minister for Families Gareth Ward has kicked off a recruitment campaign for new foster carers, promoting the different types of carers needed across the state.

"Our government is prioritising permanency for kids in care through open adoption and guardianship, but foster care also plays a critical role," Mr Ward.

"We need people who are willing to open their hearts and their homes to kids in care, either temporarily and permanently, so that we can continue our work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in our state."

To find out more information on how to become a foster carer, contact 1300 782 975 or visit myforeverfamily.org.au.

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