The NSW adoption process now makes it easier to adopt fostered children


What’s happening?

In NSW, changes to the law are making it easier to adopt foster kids. The department for Famliy and Community Services has been instructed to finalise foster child adoptions within two years, more than half of the current wait time. Adoptions are being fast-tracked so that case workers no longer have to spend years trying to get consent from birth parents who are difficult to find, despite the fact that they are meant to keeps FACS informed of their whereabouts. Consent will also no longer be needed from birth parents who are in jail from an offence against the child. Parents who refuse to comply with their parental duties will also lose the right to block an adoption. Included in the changes, a parents’ right to be advised of an adoption can be limited if the child is over the age of 12 and has agreed to the adoption.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or


To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.






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