Celebrating Foster Care Week 2022 at CareSouth

Today marks the start of Foster Care Week, a time to acknowledge and celebrate CareSouth’s wonderful foster carers and their invaluable contribution to improving the lives of children, young people and families.

Foster Care Week is an annual event, this year running from September 11-17, that celebrates and raises awareness of foster care. This year’s theme is commitment to carers.

CareSouth would like to give a big-hearted shout-out to all our foster carers who open their hearts and homes in many ways, through emergency care, respite care, family preservation and restoration, long-term foster care, kinship care, guardianship or adoption.

Regardless of the type of caring role our foster carers take on, they do it with love, respect and an unwavering commitment to making a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

One of the many ways CareSouth is showing its support for our carers this week is by shining light on the selfless work they do to support families and communities. For the first time ever at CareSouth, we’re launching a branded coffee cup awareness campaign to showcase how foster care can change lives.

This week, when you get your caffeine fix from your local barista at selected cafes in Batemans Bay, Deniliquin, Griffith, Goulburn, the Illawarra, Shoalhaven or Wagga Wagga, keep an eye out for our special CareSouth takeaway coffee cups. The cups feature a QR code linking you to learn more about foster care.

Here’s a list of the participating cafes in each region:

  • Krema Bar, Stockland Shellharbour
  • Lettuce Be Frank, Wollongong
  • Diggies, Kiama
  • Hyper Hyper, Nowra
  • Se7en Café, Batemans Bay
  • Harvest Café, Goulburn
  • Mr Lawrence, Wagga Wagga
  • Bertoldos, Griffith
  • The Crossing Café, Deniliquin
  • Sushi Bite, Deniliquin
  • Jims Beans, Goulburn 

CareSouth will also be involved with and hosting a range of events across our regional footprint, bringing carers and young people together for a day of fun activities. Just like there is no one-size-fits-all approach to caring, CareSouth’s Foster Care Week community activities have been tailored to meet the needs of the children, young people and families in each region.

We’re also launching a brand-new Foster Care Week TV commercial, featuring CareSouth carers from our ‘Ask A Foster Carer’ campaign, so keep an eye out on your local TV networks.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a foster carer, you can also read inspiring stories about our carers on our social media channels and website throughout the week, where foster carers dig deep into the heart of caring for young people.

More than 350 new carer families are needed across NSW each year to support vulnerable children and young people. You can make a difference by becoming a foster, kinship, emergency, respite, adoptive or guardian carer.

For more information, give us a call on 1300 554 260 or email info@caresouth.org.au.