Foster and Kinship Care Week is an annual event which celebrates our carers and raises awareness about foster care within the wider community.
So, in recognition of Foster and Kinship Care week, running from 12 to 18 September in NSW, Vic, Tas and WA, we are paying tribute to Life Without Barriers Carers across Australia.
Our Carers have shown extraordinary commitment and support for children over the past year and a half while the COVID pandemic has thrown up challenges we never could have imagined before. As a result, this year’s theme is Caring through COVID.
We know that children in care depend on a community of support around them – teachers, principals, school support staff, counsellors, therapists, caseworkers, their families and siblings, respite foster carers, sports coaches, friends, and mentors, to name a few.
Foster Carers have had to play all those roles for children over the last year while juggling social distancing with their friends, school closures and rolling lockdowns — with support from everyone at Life Without Barriers, they have helped children and young people remain connected with family, community and necessary support networks.
There have been many unsung heroes during this pandemic, and we absolutely need to add foster and kinship carers to that list!
Life Without Barriers has more than 2500 foster and kinship carers who have continued to support children in their care. We can not say thank you enough. Here is a video from us to all the wonderful Foster Carers at Life Without Barriers.
Contact us to share your story – what has it been like for you as a Carer during COVID? How have you and the children and young people in your care coped during this time? What tips would you give to other Carers?
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