Caring for children with disability
Children with a disability in out of home care have the same needs as other children
- a loving home
- a community
- an education
- a pathway to employment
- a family
- a network of friends
Caring for someone with a disability requires a significant commitment - providing for their everyday needs, ensuring they are connected to their families, are valued members of their community, and reach their full potential.
All children need the care of a loving adult, time with friends and a wide range of life experiences.
Taking care of yourself
The experience of caring for someone with a disability can be very rewarding. The pleasure of seeing a child with a disability responding to care, growing in capacity, and developing their relationships and experiences is very powerful. However, it can also have a significant effect on the emotional and social aspects of your life. Learn to read the signs of your own stress and respect your limitations. It is easy to override initial signs that you are becoming tired. It is important to regularly discuss your own needs with your Care Team and maintain your own health and well-being. This is important for your own welfare, and the welfare of your family and the children who are in your care.