There is a desperate need for foster carers in Queensland, with more than 10,500 children and young people needing care throughout the state on any given day of the week.
“As carers are already in critically short supply, there is a growing need for individuals who can commit to serve as foster caregivers to children and young people,” said Leanne Rutherford, General Manager for Children, Youth and Families at Churches of Christ in Queensland.
She told myGC they are welcoming as many foster carers as possible to meet the growing need of supporting children who are unable to live at home.
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“We need all kinds of carers from many different backgrounds and cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. As well as carers who are able to provide emergency, short-term and long-term care and are able to support all children to stay connected to their families and communities while they are living away from home.”
Foster Carer Karen has done all types of foster caring over the past eight years and said it’s emotionally rewarding.
“Each child is different, they come from different backgrounds, and pose different challenges. The most they want is love and a safe place. That’s it. That’s all they’re chasing,” she said.
Karen has supported new born babies through to teenage children, giving them a home where they feel loved, safe and can share in the laughter and happiness.
“If you have love in your heart and want to share it with children, and give them a safe place they can call home, this is where you should be,” she said.
“We need foster carers. We don’t have enough foster carers at the moment, so if this is something you were looking into contact your local people and have a chat with them.”
If you can provide a safe and caring home for a child or young person, visit IttakesaCommunity.com.au or call 1800 222 273.