Open Your Hearts campaign is launched
THE push is on to recruit new foster carers on the Coffs Coast.
On any given night, one in every 100 children across NSW is living in foster care. For many of these children foster care is the best option, although sadly it is not always available.
Now UnitingCare Burnside is joining forces with a number of foster care agencies and The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) as part of the "Open Your Hearts" campaign to recruit new foster carers and raise awareness of the increasing demand.
Claerwen Little, Director of UnitingCare Children, Young People & Families says,
"There are thousands of children who are in need of loving and supporting homes across the state," UnitingCare's Director of Chilsdren, Young People and Families, Claerwen Little, said.
"With increased awareness, we hope the community will open their hearts and homes to these children and young people by giving foster caring a go.
The range of foster care options mean that many people can help change the lives of children for the better. Respite or short term care involves help for short periods of time such as school holidays or weekends. The program provides an alternative safe place for children in care to stay. Alternatively, long term foster care can extend up until children reach 18 years of age and beyond.
"We welcome carers from all walks of life to become foster carers. You can be single, a same sex couple, older, younger or from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Open your heart to help these children and young people and apply to become a foster carer."