Have you considered becoming a foster carer, but are not in a position to provide full-time care for a child or young person?
Churches of Christ in Queensland are in desperate need of short-term foster carers to provide respite care.
Respite carers open up their homes to a child for a night or a few days, to provide a break for the child’s long-term carers or a parent in a time of need.
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Currently across Queensland there are more than 10,500 children and young people who are unable to live in their family homes due to unsuitable or unsafe conditions.
Leanne Rutherford, General Manager for our Children, Youth and Families Services, said these children and young people need a safe, secure and nurturing place to call home.
“In Queensland, there are just over 5400 families and individuals who care for children and young people in family-based care,” Leanne said.
“However, there continues to be a critical shortage of carers. We welcome all those who have thought of becoming a foster carer to take the first steps to opening their homes and hearts so that we can meet the growing need of supporting children and young people who are unable to live at home.”
Ms Rutherford said that carers from all background and life circumstances are required.
“We need all kinds of carers from different backgrounds and cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, who can support children to stay connected to their families and communities by providing emergency, short-term or long-term care,” she said.
“The most important attribute you need to be a foster carer is a commitment to providing a safe and loving environment where you can support a child or young person at a time when they need it most. If you have an open heart and a stable home, you could make a huge difference to a young person’s life.”
All carers receive an allowance as a contribution toward the costs of caring for the child or young person placed with them.
Churches of Christ is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of family-based care, supporting more than 1700 registered foster and kinship carers throughout Queensland and partnering closely with the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.
Visit IttakesaCommunity.com.au or call 1800 222 273 if you can provide a safe and caring home for a child or young person to belong.