Do you know someone who has opened up their home to help children in need?
Macarthur locals are being encouraged to shine a light on the life-changing contribution carers make by nominating them for a Carer Recognition Award in celebration of Foster and Kinship Care Week.
Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said foster carers opened their hearts and homes to vulnerable children, providing them with vital stability, support and care.
"This week is an opportunity to celebrate foster and kinship carers and to recognise the enormous contribution they make to the community," Mr Smith said.
"During what's been a really challenging time for our community, foster carers have stepped up and taken on more than ever, and the Carer Recognition Awards are a great opportunity to say thank you."
The NSW Government's My Forever Family NSW website provides information, education, training and support to carers.
Families, communities and disability services minister Alister Henskens said My Forever Family NSW was also leading a renewed recruitment drive to recruit new adoptive parents, guardians and foster carers.
"We need more people to open their homes and hearts to children in out-of-home care either in a permanent or part-time way," Mr Henskens said.
"The support you give now can last a lifetime, and I encourage anyone who is up for a rewarding and life-changing experience to consider becoming a carer."
To nominate a local for the Carer Recognition Awards, visit: www.myforeverfamily.org.au.