Foster Care Week

Foster Care Week in NSW

Foster Care Week is an annual event that has been running in NSW since 1990. Coordinated by ACWA with thesupport 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.

View the Foster Care Week and Picnic 2016 Report.

Foster Care Week Events

Foster Care Week 2017 runs from 10-16 September, commencing with the Picnic Day in Sydney. Expressions of Interest for involvement in the Picnic Day committee are sought from agencies in March.

ACWA also 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. Details about how to apply for a regional grant are made available in June.

For more details on Foster Care Week or to express interest in joining the Picnic Day organizing committee, please contact Liz Potten, on (02) 9281 8822 or email:

Foster Care Week Resources

The theme for Foster Care Week 2017 will be announced in June.

Below are some resources, also to be updated in June, for use by individual agencies and regional groups to assist in promoting Foster Care Week in local and regional media.

Foster Care Week Key Messages 

Foster Care Week Regional Media Release Template

Foster Care Week Social Media Infographic

Certificates of Thanks to Donors
Editable Word version
PDF Version

For more information on how you can link your Foster Care Week messaging to the Fostering NSW campaign, please contact

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