Gold Coasters who want to make a difference and love children are being urged to consider becoming foster carers.
Regional manager for Churches of Christ in Queensland, Linda Smith, told myGC there are not enough foster carers on the Gold Coast to meet the demand.
“Everyday more and more children are needing care, and we just don’t have anywhere to place them,” she said.
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“It’s heartbreaking. Often we have to split up sibling groups or we have to overload existing carers with more children.”
A foster carer herself for over 20 years, Ms Smith said it is a chance to make a positive impact on a child’s life.
“I do it because I want to make a difference in a child’s life. If you can change the future for a child, your help can break the cycle,” she said.
Anyone over the age 18 can sign up to become a foster carer for the short or long term.
“The main requirement is that you care about children and their future,” Ms Smith said.
“We do careful matching, and foster carers get to choose the length of placements they wish to undertake.”
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can head along to a free information session on Wednesday 9 October. Churches of Christ in Queensland will be holding two sessions – 10:30am to 12:30pm and 5:30pm to 7:30pm – at 1 Griffith Way, Southport. To register and find out more, visit: FosterWithUs.com.au
Churches of Christ in Queensland is a leading provider of Foster Care and offer a broad range of services to children, young people and families throughout Queensland. These services include early childhood care, family support, foster care and transition to independence programs, with support provided based on the individual needs of children, young people, families and communities.