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My Forever Family NSW

Welcome to the  September  edition of the My Forever Family newsletter.    

This edition we share the great activities which took place during Foster Care Week, including our take-over of Sydney CBD and our appearance at the Rabbitohs v Roosters NRL game!
Make sure you send in your story for your chance to win two books from our great library. We’re always looking for stories to inspire people to become carers, and we want to hear from you! 
We hope you enjoy this edition. Thank you for being part of the My Forever Family NSW journey, and caring for kids.  

Peter Goslett   
Head of Operations & Advocacy


Research Launch

On Tuesday 15th October My Forever Family NSW will be facilitating the research forum “Evidence to Practice: Carer Recruitment and Training”. The research has been undertaken in conjunction with the University of Sydney and focuses on the key areas of recruiting carers for children and young people in care aged 9+, and standards in training for out-of-home carers.
The aim of the forum is to bring together the sector and respective government agencies to collaborate on implementing the evidence-based research into practice, leading to better outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care.


Out and about during Foster Care Week

My Forever Family NSW has partnered up with many friends to make Foster Care Week a very special occasion in 2019! We began with our Sibling Campaign, inspiring potential carers to begin their care journey with a family group. Examples of our campaign can be viewed here:
Our foster care banners went up in the Sydney CBD celebrating Foster and Kinship Care Week in many languages. Our banners flew high around Town Hall, Martin Place and Wynyard in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.  Here’s a pic of the Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, alongside our banners! 
Just as we were cranking up the actions around the various inter-agency foster care picnics across NSW, our friends from Souths Cares Rabbitohs agreed to partner with My Forever Family and support our efforts. Souths CEO Blake Solly spoke in front of a crowd of 25,000 spectators during the Rabbitohs vs Roosters game.
It’s been a fabulous time for acknowledging, celebrating, and recruiting carers – thank you so much, your stories are what inspire others to follow in your footsteps.
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Case Study

Carers by Nature
For Sheryl* caring is in her DNA. 
At work Sheryl is a registered nurse caring for people with drug addiction and mental health issues. At home she and her husband Mark* have been short term and respite carers for four years. In that time more than 40 children have passed through their doors.
Read more


Loyalty Rewards Program  

Reap the benefits with MFF discounts!  

Authorised foster and kinship carers, guardians and people who have adopted children from out-of-home care are entitled to some great discounts when they shop!
If you sign up to the My Forever Family loyalty program you will receive discounts at major retailers – at over 1,000 retailers across NSW.
Stores include Woolworths, Coles, Caltex, Kmart, Target, Hoyts Cinemas, Bunnings, JB Hi-Fi, Priceline, and David Jones to name a few.  
Join today
The loyalty program with My Forever Family is open to authorised carers from all agencies regardless of how long you have been a carer.
Please note this program allows you to download vouchers or receive cards to use, dependent on the voucher system the store uses. For example, Coles will send you an email with the barcode to use at a Coles store, while Bunnings may send you a voucher card in the post.   


MFF Training Calendar 2019

Take a look at the training sessions we have coming up – the full calendar is available until December 2019.  Have a look at what training is available in your area and book your place.
Upcoming events
Would you like to explore Online Training?
Take a look at what’s available:
Online training


Tell us your story! 

Why did you become a  carer? Do you speak another language? Are you a city carer or a regional carer? Do you have a child in care, or a sibling group?     
We’d love to hear from you, whatever your story. Please tell us about your experience as a foster or kinship carer, guardian or adoptive parent.  
We are looking for real stories from all types of people. Your story will inspire others to open their homes and their hearts to a child.     
All stories will protect your identity and that of the child/children mentioned. Please send your story (up to 300 words) to us.
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Parenting feature:

  • Sexual Education an Ongoing Process
  • Correct Names 
  • Sexual Trauma 
  • Let Them Know They’re Believed 
  • Earlier Start? 
  • What They Should Know 
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FAQS

Restricted Practice     
The law and policy restrict some practices used to manage the behaviours of children and young people in care.
Carers are unable to use restricted practices to manage a child’s behaviours unless the practice forms part of an approved behaviour management plan.
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Spread the word in your community! 

Help others to consider the foster carer path!  We have over 17,000 children and young people in the foster care system in New South Wales.  
Please download our posters and pin them on noticeboards in your local community groups. We also have ads you can include in school, community groups and local council newsletters. Grassroots action is the most effective!
Download posters

If you need ads in picture format (jpg) please email us.
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The My Forever Family NSW newsletter is produced by the Communications team. 

If you would like to contribute, have your say or simply ask a question, please 
Contact us
Disclaimer: The information and advice provided in this document/website is general information. It may not apply to a particular case, and as such, must not be taken as legal advice.
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