Taking that first step towards anything new can be daunting, that's why we're holding adoption and foster care information sessions to give you more information about adoption or becoming a foster carer with Barnardos.

Foster care information sessions - NSW

The Barnardos Find-a-Family Program's are holding free information sessions to help you understand more about fostering a child.

Come along to find out more - we would love to meet you!

Topics for discussion will include:

  • What is foster care?
  • Steps to becoming a foster carer
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Support and training
  • Hear from families who have fostered

South Coast
The Barnardos South Coast centre is holding a free information session to help you find out more about becoming a short-term foster carer with us.
We will have industry experts and experienced carers on hand to answer all of your questions/concerns.

When: Monday 1st May 2017
Time: 10am-12.30pm
Where: The Cake Store, 39A Kinghorne St, Nowra

RSVP: 1800 663 441 or wecare@barnardos.org.au

Central Coast 
When: Thursday, 10 August 2017 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Where: 131-135 Henry Parry Drive, Gosford NSW 2239
RSVP: Sandra Nash on 02 4324 9411 or email snash@barnardos.org.au

Illawarra

When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
Where: Camden Civic Centre, Cnr Oxley & Mitchell Streets, Camden
RSVP: 02 4297 0670 or email adminillawarra@barnardos.org.au 

When: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
Where: 
21 addison street shellharbour 
RSVP: 02 4297 0670 or email adminillawarra@barnardos.org.au 

When: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
Where: Shoalhaven Arts Centre, 12 Berry St, Nowra NSW 2541
RSVP: 02 4297 0670 or email adminillawarra@barnardos.org.au 

Western Sydney
When:
 Tuesday, 10 October 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
Where: HJ Daley Library, 1 Hurley St, Campbelltown
RSVP: 02 9833 8877 OR email msmith@barnardos.org.au

Ashfield
Foster Care Information Evening (permanent foster care, intake foster care, respite care)
When: Wednesday, 6 September 2017 from 7 – 8.30 pm
Where: Level 4, 2-4 Holden St Ashfield
RSVP: aweeks@barnardos.org.au 8596 500

Adoption information sessions - NSW

The Barnardos Find-a-Family Programs are holding a free information session to help you understand more about adopting a child/children who are unable to live with their birth family.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • What is foster care & open adoption?
  • Steps to becoming an adoptive parent
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Support and training
  • Hear from families who have adopted

Central Coast
When: Thursday, 11 May 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
             Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Where: 131-135 Henry Parry Drive, Gosford NSW 2239
RSVP: Sandra Nash on 02 4324 9411 or email snash@barnardos.org.au

Hunter 
When: Thursday, 8 June 2017 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm
             Thursday, 7 September 2017 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm
             Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Where: Suite 2, Level 2, OTP House, 10 Bradford Close, Kotara NSW 2289
RSVP: Karen Sullivan at 02 4908 3200 or email ksullivan@barnardos.org.au

St Marys - Blue Mountains
When: September (Date TBC) 
Where: TBC
RSVP: 02 9833 8877 OR email msmith@barnardos.org.au


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

We also hold regular information nights in the ACT. For more information please visit ACT Together.




Foster carers make a difference

Foster carers can play a vital role in the lives of children who have been through hardship in their lives. They can provide a stable and safe home for a child that desperately  needs one.

Barnardos Australia understands that the process of becoming a foster carer can be complicated and daunting. To help you make a decision about becoming a foster carer we hold regular foster carer information sessions around NSW and the ACT. These information sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about the different types of foster care, the skills and commitment that foster carers need, and the help and support that is provided by Barnardos.

To find a session near you please keep checking this page or call our foster carer enquiry line on 1800 663 441.

For more information please visit our Become a Carer pages.

ksullivan@barnardos.org.au