Foster Care Week 2014

Foster Care Week in NSW

Foster Care Week is an annual event which has been running in NSW since 1990. Coordinated by ACWA with the support of non-government foster care agencies and other partners, Foster Care Week aims to celebrate and acknowledge the work of NSW's foster carers.

Activities during the week include the Foster Care Week Picnic Day for foster carers and their families; competitions for carers and children and young people in care; and regional activities and social events for carers. A grant from the Minister for Family and Community Services assists with all this work.

The success of Foster Care Week is primarily the result of the determination, co-operation and hard work of a small group of inter-agency representatives and foster carers who make up the Foster Care Week Committee. All those involved with the event have a strong commitment to maintaining and further reinforcing a positive image of foster care in the wider community.

Foster Care Week Events

Foster Care Week 2014 runs from 14-20 September, commencing with the Picnic Day in Sydney.

ACWA provides a number of grants to encourage interagency events in regional communities that acknowledge, celebrate and raise awareness about the invaluable work of foster carers in our community.

For more details on Foster Care Week, please contact ACWA's Foster Care Week Coordinator, Caitlin Stone, on (02) 9281 8822 or email:

Location Date Event Agencies Involved
Sydney 14 Sept Picnic Day 2014 ACWA, AbSec, Anglicare, Catholic Care, Challenge Community Services, Connecting Carers, NSW CREATE Foundation, FACS, Key Assets, Lifestyle Solutions, Mackillop Family Services, Uniting Care NSW ACT, Barnardos
Wollongong & surrounding areas 13 Sept Picnic in the Park Life without Barriers, Barnardos, William Campbell Foundation, CareSouth, Mackillop, IMyAC, FACS, ACWA
Goulburn & surrounding areas 13 Sept Foster Care Picnic Life without Barriers, Barnardos, William Campbell Foundation, CareSouth, Mackillop, IAC, FACS, ACWA
Taree / Port Macquarie 17 Sept Foster Care Family Day Out Wesley Dalmar, Samaritans, Challenge, Life Without Barriers, Burnside, Biripi Aboriginal Children's Service, Burrun Dalai, Connecting Carers
Armidale 14 Sept Foster Care Picnic Challenge, Foundations Care, FACS, Pathways
Inverell 16 Sept Foster Care BBQ FACS, Foundations, Walanbaa Gaayili
Parkes & Forbes 19 Sept

Disco for children

Dinner for carers

Lifestyle Solutions, Anglicare, Parkes Local Carer Support Group, Connecting Carers
Deniliquin 14 Sept Foster Care Morning Tea FACS and Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre
Wagga Wagga 17 Sept

Movies for children

Supper for carers

Anglicare, FACS, Wanggaay Koori OOHC Service, Marymead, Connecting Carers
Leeton 14 Sept Family Fun Day Foster Carers Support Group, Care South, Anglicare, Leeton/Griffith FACS
Maitland /Central Coast 24 September Foster Care Picnic Barnardos, Settlement Services International, Allambi, Wesley Dalmar, Catholic Care, Wandiyali, Challenge, Samaritans, Muloonbinba, Life Without Barriers, Key Assets, FACS, Connecting Carers\


  • Poetry competition
  • Art competition


Becoming a foster carer

Discover more information about becoming a foster carer.

Foster care agencies

Click here to view contact information for all current Foster Care Agencies in NSW.

Additional resources

  • Template letter of invite to carers
  • Template request to businesses for gift donations
  • Training resources for foster carers.

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