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Foster and Kinship Care Week 2017

Across Life Without Barriers, Foster and Kinship Care Week 2017 celebrations are held to thank the wonderful and dedicated foster, kinship and relative carers who work tirelessly to keep children safe and help them fulfil their dreams. The Foster and Kinship Care Week 2017 dates are:  

QLD       24th-30th April

WA        24th-30th April

 

VIC       10th-16th September

TAS      10th-16th September

ACT      10th-16th September

SA        10th-16th September

NSW     10th-16th September

2017 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference “Shine a light”

The 2017 National Foster & Kinship Care Conference promises to Shine a Light. It brings together foster and kinship carers, young people, sector colleagues and other experts such as researchers and childhood professionals from across Australian and the globe.

When: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 September 2017 

Where: Pullman Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne

More Information:  Shine a Light Conference website

Life Without Barriers Foster and Kinship Care Week Events 2017  (South-East Australia) – more to come!!

Location

Date

Event

Contact

Ashgrove,   Tasmania

Tuesday 12 September

The team and carers will be in attendance at Ashgrove https://www.ashgrovecheese.com.au/ 

Rocherlea, North TAS office

03 6337 3800

Devonport,   Tasmania

Wednesday 13 September

LWB North West Foster Carers Morning Tea - East Devonport Child and Family Centre. Child care provided. Massages, cake and much more.

Burnie, North West TAS office

03 6432 5901

North Tasmania

Thursday 14 September

LWB Northern Foster Carers Morning Tea – Details to be confirmed.

Rocherlea, North TAS office

03 6337 3800

Molong, NSW

Saturday 16 September

Western Region are holding a Foster Carers Kids and Families Picnic at Molong Recreation Park, Molong NSW. The event will include BBQ lunch and activities in accordance with   the 2017 ACWA Theme of “Get Active”. Some of which include a Jumping Castle,   running races, Cricket and other ball games.

LWB Western is working with other OOHC Agencies across the Western Region in running this event. It is anticipated that between 50-100 people will participate.

 

Orange, Western NSW office 02 6394 9700

 

 

Maitland, NSW

Wednesday 27 September

You are welcome to attend a day of fun and celebration at the Hunter Foster and Kinship Care Interagency picnic in Maitland. Activities include the Reptile Man, RAAF flyover, craft workshops, jumping castle, DJ Lennie, show bags and much more!!

Location: Maitland Park, Les Darcy Drive, Maitland

Time: 10 am – 2pm

LWB carers contact your local office

Lower Hunter: 02 4033 4500

Upper Hunter: 02 4035 8100

Central Coast: 02 4343 8800

 

Non-LWB carers contact your local agency

Albion Park,  NSW

Sunday 9 September

Picnic in the Park

Location: Croome Road Albion Park

Time: 11am to 2pm

Wollongong,
Southern NSW office  02 4260 2200 
Corrimal, NSW

Sunday 10 September

Spring into Corrimal includes over 280 market stalls, entertainment, live music and a grand parade within the central hub of Corrimal and surrounding streets and parks. There is a designated area featuring storytelling and entertainment especially for small children and young people. There will be three stages featuring a variety of performances from local bands and community organisations.

Location: Princes Highway Corrimal

Time: 9am to 4pm
Wollongong,
Southern NSW office  02 4260 2200
Figtree, NSW

Saturday 16 September

Kids in Care Cup

The Kids in Care Cup will raise awareness of the need for foster carers in NSW - in particular the need for Aboriginal foster carers for Aboriginal kids

Location: Parish Park Figtree

Time:  9am to 4pm

Kids in Care Cup 2017 Facebook page

Wollongong,
Southern NSW office  02 4260 2200
Alstonville, NSW

Sunday 10 September

Family Fun Day - Celebrating Foster Care Far North Coast NSW. Interagency Event.

Special surprise guest, Fun kids entertainment and activities, live music and lucky door prizes for carers.

BBQ lunch and drink provided.

Please bring chairs, picnic rug and extra bottled water.

Date: Sunday 10th September

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Alstonville Leisure & Entertainment Centre (showground) 42-46 Commercial Road, Alstonville

Alstonville, North Coast Area office 02 6625 8600

 

Non-LWB carers contact your local agency

Roxburgh Park, Victoria

Tuesday 26 September

The Melbourne team are having an event for Carers and kids on Tuesday 26th at Airborn Indoor Trampoline Park at 2/195 Somerton Rd, Roxburgh Park, VIC 3064

Epping, Melbourne Area office,  03 8405 4400

 

Foster Care: It's 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 a Care 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

Visit our Foster Care homepage http://fostercare.lwb.org.au/

 

 

 

 

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