Community Services

Community Services

While Community Services continues to authorise a limited number of foster carers at this time, we encourage people who are interested in fostering to apply with a non-government agency listed on this site.

Family and Community Services (FACS or “Community Services”) has provided foster care in NSW for many years and is the only government organisation to provide foster care in NSW. Although the Department has transferred the provision of out-of-home care to non-government agencies, we are still recruiting certain care types in some areas of NSW – especially carers who can offer immediate (‘emergency’) and short term care as well as carers for Aboriginal children, children with a disability and sibling groups.

Family and Community Services continues to authorise foster carers for short term and emergency care at this time – we are especially interested in hearing from people who may be interested in short term (from a few weeks to a few months) or for ‘emergency’ placements, or if you are Aboriginal and would like to care for an Aboriginal child then please contact us. We are particularly in need of new carers for Sydney’s central and western suburbs as well as from regional locations in Western and Far Western NSW (see all locations below).

Existing Community Services carers who care for children and young people in “statutory care” are transferring to non-government agencies. In the future, most new foster carers will be managed by non-government agencies. Community Services works closely with accredited agencies to place children and young people with foster and relative carers who are authorised with these accredited agencies.

Areas of NSW in which we are seeking carers:
  • Murrumbidgee – Riverina
  • Far West
  • Western Sydney
  • Nepean Blue Mountains
  • South Western Sydney
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Central Coast
  • Southern NSW
If you live in Sydney, Northern NSW, Western & Central West NSW, the Mid-North Coast or Hunter New England areas it’s best to enquire directly with Fostering NSW or a local agency.
02 9765 5000
60 Mitchell St, Bourke
29 Bathurst St, Brewarrina, 2839
374 Argent St, Broken Hill, 2880
7 Marshall St, Cobar, 2835
34 Neilpo St, Dareton, 2717
67 Fox St, Walgett, 2832
Northern Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Sydney, Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, South Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Hunter New England, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee – Riverina, Western NSW, Far West
General Foster Care, Intensive Foster Care
Interim or Restoration Care, Respite, Immediate