Foster Carers The Backbone Of The Child Protection System

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MEDIA RELEASE






SEPTEMBER 9, 2010




Foster carers the backbone of the child protection system  

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has paid tribute to NSW’s

dedicated carers as the State prepares to celebrate Foster Care Week 2010, which

begins this Sunday, September 12.  


Now into its 20th year, Foster Care Week highlights the valuable role of carers in

society and activities have been organised in communities across NSW to honour

their vital work.  


ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum has described the state’s 9000 foster carers as the

backbone of the child protection system, saying they provide a warm, loving home for

the 16,500 children and young people currently in out-of-home care in NSW.    


“The need for foster carers has never been more critical as the number of children

and young people entering the care system continues to grow,” Mr McCallum said. 


“ACWA is very proud to recognise and celebrate the tremendous work they do, under

circumstances that at times cannot be easy.


“That is why it is so important carers receive the kind of quality support, guidance and

training that will ensure they are well equipped to meet the complexities and

challenges that come with this crucial community job.”     


NSW Community Services Minister Linda Burney will officially open Foster Care

Week 2010 this Sunday at the annual Foster Care Week Carnival Day, to be held at

Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. 


Foster Care Week is an initiative of foster care agencies and carers in NSW and is

being co-ordinated by ACWA. Organisations supporting the week-long celebrations

include Community Services, the NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care

Secretariat (AbSec), Anglicare Sydney, Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn, Barnardos,

The Benevolent Society, CatholicCare, Connecting Carers, the CREATE Foundation,

the Foster Parents Support Network, Life Without Barriers, the NSW Office for

Children – the Children’s Guardian, Stretch-A-Family, UnitingCare Burnside and

Wesley Dalmar Child and Family Care.


For more information about this Sunday’s Foster Care Week Carnival, please


or contact ACWA’s Foster Care Week Coordinator Naomi Jackson on 02 9281

8822.


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Regional Foster Care Week 2010 Activities


Location

Date

Host Organisation

Contact

Wagga Wagga

September 9

Anglicare Canberra

& Goulburn

Vicki Taylor

02 6937 1555

0438 415 242

Gosford

September 12

Life Without

Barriers

Sean Cashin

02 4343 8800

Orange

September 12

Connecting Carers

Michael Harris

02 6369 1331

Wagga Wagga

September 12

Connecting Carers

Janet Moriarty

02 6926 3486

Grafton

September 16

St Joseph’s

Cowper Inc

Jacinda Willemse

02 6642 3022

Albury

September 17

Foster Care

Support

Diane Mathieson

0428 298 038

Dubbo

September 17

Connecting Carers

Jill De-ath

0448 450 964

Taree

September 24

Connecting Carers

Ken & Virginia

Raison

02 6556 9227



The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies is the New South Wales peak  

body representing non-government organisations which provide services to  

vulnerable children, young people and their families. The organisation has

been operating for over 50 years and is supported by more than 100 member

agencies. 


MEDIA CONTACTS

For interviews please contact: 

For all other media enquiries please contact: 

Andrew McCallum                    

Libby McCalman 

 

CEO, ACWA  




Communications Officer, ACWA

Mob: 0409 221 414        

        Mob: 0418 659 525

E: andrew@acwa.asn.au 

        E: libby@acwa.asn.au













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