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Foster Care Week 2017

Across Life Without Barriers, Foster 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 fulfill their dreams. The Foster Care Week 2016 dates are:  

QLD       24th - 30th April

SA         10th – 16th September

NSW      10th -16th September

VIC        10th -16th September

TAS       10th -16th September

 

 

Keep up to date with events in your location (more information to follow):

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

15 & 16 September 2017 

Pullman Hotel , Albert Park Melbourne. http://www.cvent.com/events/shine-a-light-conference/event-summary-14992e22c45b40ec9d3612cedcfe1346.aspx

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 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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