Foster carer shortage creating crisis for older children and teens in NSW

PHOTO: John Guthrie and his partner Dennis Cash have successfully fostered eight teenage girls. (Supplied: John Guthrie and Dennis Cash)

PHOTO: John Guthrie and his partner Dennis Cash have successfully fostered eight teenage girls. (Supplied: John Guthrie and Dennis Cash)

Teenager Alex Cross-Bennett knows his life could have taken a very different path if he did not have a foster carer — and he is one of the lucky ones, with a desperate shortage of carers for foster children his age in NSW.

"If I didn't have a foster carer … I'd probably be in jail," he said.