All the latest news for carers, from My Forever Family NSW.
All the latest news for carers, from My Forever Family NSW.

A message from My Forever Family NSW

I am not going to mention the word on everyone's lips or talk about the level of distraction currently in our everyday lives.
With Information coming from all directions, it can be difficult to remember to take a breath sometimes. What we have got for you, especially to help keep you resilient and tenacious, even powerful, in a climate where there is less control in our day, is our unwavering support.
Our Carer Support Team – Please remember our Carer Support team are just a phone call or email away. They are a reliable source of information and can help support you no matter your concern, question or need for information – whether you are exploring the option of becoming a carer, commencing your journey or well into your carer journey. 
The Online Lounge Room – "grab your tea or coffee, for 40 minutes of caring and sharing”, and look at the line up for next week and beyond. Alex our Training Manager will link some of these to special events in your area and surrounds, with a focus on existing carer support groups. With the cancellation of our face-to-face training and events we are looking at more ways to connect online - through our Online Lounge Room and by increasing our webinar and online training opportunities. Please make sure that you check the events section of our website regularly, as we will post all new opportunities there. 
Our Carer Portal – We’re excited to have launched our Carer Portal – with exclusive access to our resources and events and a personal record of your training. If you haven’t logged in yet, there are instructions below - so please take the time to read.
With the increasing pressure on families at this time, I urge you to practice self-care, make use of our online resources and find alternative ways to connect. We have included links to other organisations and resources that may help you and your family.
Please keep safe and well, keep caring and keep in touch.
Miriam Moloney
Head of Advocacy, Engagement and Operations  

Industry update

Coronavirus information for carers
The Department of Communities and Justice have created a page with information about COVID-19 that relates specifically to carers. With answers to common questions and links to trusted and verified sources of information, this is the most up-to-date information for carers from the department.
Make sure you bookmark this link and check for updates

Our new Carer Portal

If you have visited our website recently you may have noticed some changes. Our new Carer Portal has now launched for authorised carers and agencies. Before registering for any of our training events or resources you need to login to the Carer Portal.
For carers – you can go to the login page and, using the same email that you received this e-newsletter at, enter your email and select retrieve my password.
For agencies – You will need to create an account by selecting Join the Carer Portal

Carer Story – Victoria 

Victoria recalls always having a ‘full life’ – a career in engineering, combined with caring for her ageing parents and helping care for her nieces and nephews.
However a series of newspaper articles highlighted to her the drastic shortage of foster homes in NSW and Victoria, who has a multi-cultural background with an Egyptian father and Lebanese mother, was motivated to look into becoming a foster carer herself.
Read more
Did you know...
Young people in out-of-home care are eligible for free driving lessons!
The Driver Licensing Access Program assists Aboriginal and other disadvantaged groups, including young people in out-of-home care, to get and keep their driver licence and remain safe and legal drivers. 
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Now is the time to take advantage of all our online offerings. Visit our Online Library, a collection of ebooks and audio books specifically tailored for carers. You’ll find publications on healing trauma, life story work, parenting and mindfulness as well as a carefully curated selection of children’s fiction.
We highly recommend The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting, Strategies and Solutions by Sarah Naish.
Read more
COVID-19 Resources
Our team have put together a list of some of the most useful online resources to help you through this difficult time. Including links to relevant information for carers and a range of sites to help you and your family practice self-care and keep your children learning and developing.
We will be adding to this page over the coming days, so bookmark the page.
COVID-19 resources

The Online Lounge Room

We launched the first session in our Online Lounge Room last Friday – Talking to your kids about COVID-19, which booked out quickly. If you missed that session, don’t worry we are planning more over the coming weeks at different times of the day.
Seats in the Online Lounge Room are capped to 20 to ensure that you can participate easily and ask any questions you may have. Our upcoming sessions include more sessions of Talking to your kids about COVID-19 and Managing kids in isolation. Register via our Events page and keep checking back for updated sessions.

Research – The first 2000 days

The First 2000 days project is focused on understanding the experiences of all NSW families when raising a child. The project starts from conception up to children who are 5 years of age.
They are particularly interested in foster, relative and kinship carers and adoptive parents from South Sydney, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, South West Sydney, Inner West Sydney, Willmot, Dubbo, Coonamble, Walgett, South West NSW, Broken Hill and Lake Illawarra.
Please fill in the online form if you are interested in being part of this Project.

Carer Support FAQ’s

The NSW Department of Education is changing the process for delivering Out of Home Care (OOHC) funding to support students in statutory OOHC which commenced from October 2019.
Find out why and how this affects you and the child or young person in your care.
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Team Member Profile

Name: Amalia Gangemi
Position: Carer Support - Advocacy and Engagement

How long have you worked at the organisation

I have had the privilege of working here since Sept 2018.

What drew you to the role?

As a carer myself, I am passionate about making the carer journey a positive one. I want the community to feel supported, so you can be the best carer you can be. I was drawn to the role knowing I could share the carers journey from recruitment, throughout their journey and provide support at every stage.

What does a normal workday look like?

Given recent events, it has been a blessing working with the team here. We start the day with a team catch up (online) and end the day with a ‘dad joke’, that I share at dinner with my children - it gets a lot of laughs! Of late the team has been getting an influx of calls on how carers are being affected with issues brought on by COVID-19 such as social distancing, managing family time and school attendance. I have had the opportunity to provide support and guidance around those concerns.
Thankfully we have the technology to continue our advocacy and support online, ensuring we stay connected with carers and agency partners. I hope that carers take comfort knowing that we will continue our support in this current climate. We’ll get through this together.
My Forever Family NSW program is funded by the NSW Government and operated by Adopt Change.

The My Forever Family NSW newsletter is produced by the Communications team. 

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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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