The Shoalhaven's foster care agencies will collaborate to host an information night this month in Nowra.

The Foster Care Information Night will be held at Nowra School of Arts on Thursday July 16 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

People considering becoming a foster carer are encouraged to come alsong to speak with representative from the local agencies, ask questions and find out more from foster carers with a local foster agency.

Local couple Ken and Jan recently took on short term crisis care with a local foster agency.

"We just found when we retired we wanted to give something to the community,"Jan said.

"These poort litle ones so desperately need our help and it's quie often not easy with babies, but we've just found it so rewarding."

They said an information night was an ideal way for people who were interested, but unsure about how to become a foster carer and find out more.

"It's definitely something you should think hard about," Jan said.

''While it's so rewarding, you've got to be the sort of person who can take on a challenge.

''I think the information night is the perfect solution to ask any questions.''

Spokesperson for the regional interagecy working group formed to attrack foster carers, Lisa Loveday, said local agencies were committed to working together.

''The joint information sessions we are holding across the region throughout this year are a great exaple of what can be achieved working together,'' she said.

''We are conscious that a lot of people are time-poor so rather than go off to a number of different agencies, we will have all agencies in the one place.

''Ultimately we should all be sending the same message.''

More than 60 children and young people enter care every week across NSW , so local agencies are seeking more carers.

All types of carers are needed for all ages.

Local foster care agencies participating in this initiative include: AbSec, Aboriginal Medical Service, Barnardos Australia, CareSouth, Catholic Care, Wollongong , House With No Steps, Life Without Barriers, MacKillops Family Services, Myimbarr Child, Youth and Family Services, William Campbell Foundation, and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

The general public can register their interest in attending this event by phoning Iman on 0409 640 380 or just turn up on the night.

What: Foster car information session
Where: Nowra School of Arts, Berry Street, Nowra
When: Thursday, July 16 6.30 -8pm
Contact: Iman on 0409 640 380

(This article was first published in the Shoalhaven & Nowra News Chronicle.)