News

Foster carers are in short supply

MORE than 600 foster carers are needed to fill a shortfall created by the rising number of young people being removed into care.  

There is a particular need for Aboriginal carers, with Aboriginal children making up 36% of all foster children in NSW.  

"It's best if Aboriginal children can be placed with Aboriginal families," said Association of Children's Welfare Agencies acting CEO, Dr Wendy Foote.  

"We want to find the right match, so that's not just with families that live in the same area, but who are also a cultural fit."  

Dr Foote said many rewards can flow from giving children the gift of a loving home, whether that be on a temporary or more permanent basis.  

"The rewards of fostering are enormous, and of course providing secure, loving care to children can be the one thing that makes a difference in the child's life and ensures their future," she said.  

"Many consider being a foster carer to be a calling."  

There are currently close to 20,000 young people in foster care across NSW with 660 new carers needed.  

"Foster carers play an invaluable role in our community and out-of-home care agencies work hard to provide them the right support, training and guidance to ensure they are well equipped to meet the complexities and challenges they may face along the way.  

"As long as the number of children entering care continues to climb we are always going to need more carers.  

"Our message is if you've ever thought about becoming a foster carer, now is the time to come forward."  

Foster carers are needed for all types of care, from emergency, respite and short term carers able to support restoration of children to their birth families, to carers wishing to progress to guardianship or open adoption.  

Dr Foote said everyday people from all walks of life can be foster carers, from single people, young or old, married, same sex couples and caring professionals, to empty nesters and people from different cultures and religious backgrounds.  

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, visit www.fosteringnsw.com.au or call 1800 236 783.  

Topics:  foster carers



Hard work pays off with state selection

Local hockey junior Aston Jackwitz has been selected to play for the NSW under-13s state team.

Hockey Coffs Coast junior chosen in under-13 state squad.

Choose wisely and get what you need

How to find an NDIS service provider

10 reasons the NDIS is right way to go

SUPPORT: NDIS focuses on early intervention and delivering support  which produces the best long-term outcome .

A quick look at the advantages of NDIS

Local Partners

How many triangles are in this picture?

The simple illustration has been shared thousands of times on Facebook after leaving viewers scratching their heads.

VIDEO: The 'Disco Boob' trend at Splendour

Rachael Millen, of Newcastle, sporting the fashionable chest peace of glitter at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

VIDEO: Festival organisers forced to clarify policy on nudity.

Bieber quit tour to set up his own church?

Justin Bieber on stage during his concert at ANZ Stadium in Homebush.

Bieber is calling it quits on the rest of his Purpose World Tour

Bachelor hopeful ‘didn’t realise how naked she was’

The Bachelor Australia‘s Leah

Her dress was certainly daring, but she wasn't aware by just how much

Phelps shredded over shark race fiasco

"Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," with Phelps testing his speed against that of a great white shark.

People are genuinely upset at the way the race was run

Film boss marvels at Sunshine State

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel.

Thor: Ragnarok success may mean more Marvel movies for Queensland.

ABC's Q&A: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Opposition Health Minister Catherine King on the Q & A panel, left, and right, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg.

But there was one thing the students weren't discussing.

TENANTS FROM HELL: See the mess left by evicted couple

DISGUSTING: Mess left by evicted tenants. Owner of the Mongogarie property Christine Beatty has been left at least $5000 out of pocket.

Couple were 'living large' while not paying their rent

How Gladstone's cheapest and most expensive homes stack up

SPECTACULAR: This home on Springs Road, Agnes Water, is selling in the mid-$2 million range.

With the market currently low, now is the time to invest.

Make a sea-change to Corindi Beach

Come inside Woolgoolga Real Estate's Pick of the Week

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”