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Foster Care Week 2016

Across Life Without Barriers, Foster Care Week 2016 celebrations are held to thank the wonderful and dedicated foster, kinship and relative carers who work tirelessly to keep children safe and help them fulfill their dreams. The Foster Care Week 2016 dates are:  

QLD       25th - 30th April

SA         11th – 17th September

NSW      11th -17th September

VIC        11th -17th September

TAS       11th -17th September

 

 

See here for events in your location:

South Australia

14th September: The SA team are holding their Carer Luncheon on Wednesday the 14th at the Adelaide Pavilion. The theme of the lunch is “Self Care and Well-being” with a few well-being & meditation activities. Contact Aleta Gunn for further details aleta.gunn@lwb.org.au or call 08 8415 6900

Victoria

9th September: The Foster Care Association of Victoria invites you to our Carer Celebration Day for 2016! Queens Hall, Parliament House (Spring Street, East Melbourne) Friday 9th September 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Join with the Minister for Children, Families and Youth Affairs, Hon. Jenny Mikakos, MP to hear a number of guest speakers and special performance by Ron Murray. For further details contact viccarers@lwb.org.au or call 03 8752 8500

17Th September: Life Without Barriers Victoria is celebrating our Foster Carer with a lunch from 12-2pm sat the Novotel. For further details contact viccarers@lwb.org.au or call 03 8752 8500

New South Wales

Sydney

11th September: Superhero Sunday – dust off your superhero outfits!! ACWA and Fostering NSW’s Foster Care Picnic Day at Lizard Log in the Western Sydney Parklands from 11am – 3pm. It will be an opportunity to celebrate the amazing journeys of NSW foster carers.

14th September: The Sydney LWB Foster Carer Appreciation Dinner is on Wednesday 14th September at St Johns Park Bowling Club. For further information email sydneycarers@lwb.org.au or 02 9508 4000

Central Coast, Newcastle & Hunter 

14th September: Foster Care Information Session - Come along to a foster care information evening and hear about fostering from local agencies and foster carers. 6pm – 8pm at Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre, Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay. To register your attendance contact Connecting Carers on: 1300 794 653 (7days, 9am-8:30pm)

28th September: Interagency Foster Care Picnic - Come join us for a day of fun and celebration! There will be plenty of activities for the whole family- so come along, bring a chair, sunscreen, packed lunch and picnic blanket and enjoy the celebrations. Maitland Park from 10am – 12pm. Contact 02 4918 4900 or email huntercarers@lwb.org.au for details.

Southern NSW

10th September: Illawarra OOHC Interagency Foster & Kinship Carer event Saturday 11.00am – 2.00pm. Lake Illawarra PCYC Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra. For further detail contact Lee.laws@lwb.org.au or call 02 42602200

11th September Spring into Corrimal – come say hello to our team at Spring into Corrimal, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about foster care. 

17th September:  Goulburn interagency Foster & Kinship Carer event from 10.00am until 2.00pm at the Goulburn Public School. For further detail contact Lee.laws@lwb.org.au or call 02 42602200

Tasmania

Life Without Barriers and the Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania have partnered to celebrate Foster Care Week at Deloraine. A Carers Recognition Lunch will be held in the quiet riverside town of Deloraine in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers at the delicious Deloraine Deli. For further information please call Amanda on 6432 5903 or amanda.wilson@lwb.org.au.

15th of September:  Life Without Barriers are hosting a lunch for all LWB Foster Carers and the Black Buffalo Hotel in North Hobart.  A guest speaker will be coming to discuss self-care and providing carers with some pamper packs to say thank you.  The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Children’s Dance Group have also been invited to perform.  RSVP Amanda.Bostock@lwb.org.au or phone 03 62 328705.

Foster Care: Life Changing

Children in care may be frightened and are always vulnerable. They need compassionate and resilient adults in their lives to show them that they are important and valuable. Children in care are supported by aCare Team. Foster carers work in partnership with caseworkers, specialised support staff and the child or young person and where possible, the child’s family. We acknowledge the importance of preserving and enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s sense of identity by maintaining their connections with family, community and culture.

Could you foster?

Foster Carers:

  • Can be from any cultural background
  • Must be over 18, with relevant life experience
  • Can be single; defacto, married or same sex couples; with or without children
  • Should be keen to continue learning and developing their skills
  • Should  have a regular source of income to meet their own family’s needs
  • Have a spare room in their home or apartment – can be renters or owners
  • Should be ready to welcome a child into their family
  • Are able to focus on meeting the needs of children in their care including their educational and health needs as well as other activities such as sport or music
  • Should have a willingness to support the child to develop a sense of identity which includes the child’s culture, language and religion, where appropriate.
  • Have a commitment to work with a child’s family and a team of professional stakeholders for better outcomes

If you would like more information, please call 1300 592 227 or email us at carers@lwb.org.au

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