The Vital Role of foster parents and forever families

With National Adoption Awareness Month having drawn to a close at the end of November, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said NSW was leading the way when it comes to finding forever homes for children and young people in out-of-home care.

“Every child on the Central Coast should have a safe, loving and permanent home,” Crouch said.

“I am so pleased the NSW Government was able to assist in 17 adoptions from out-of-home care to Central Coast families in 2019/20.

“There is always more to do, and our Government’s priority is to find ‘forever families’ for children who cannot remain with their birth parents for safety reasons.”

The Latimer family of Copacabana can attest to the benefits of adoption.

Bernie and Matthew Latimer have four adopted children and couldn’t be happier.

“We started off as foster carers through Bernardos in January, 2014,” Bernie Latimer said.

“We fostered three siblings for a couple of years until early 2016, when they went back to live with their birth mother.

“But they came back in December of that year, along with a fourth sibling.

“We decided to put the adoption process into action and in October 2019 we adopted all four…

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