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Foster Carers needed….

Posted Mar 18 2009 4:19pm

Ever thought about becoming a Foster Carer? Now might be the time to do so.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (the Centre) and the Victorian Minister for Community Services, the Hon. Lisa Neville, launched a new, state-wide foster care recruitment campaign to address Victoria’s shortfall of 1,000 foster carers.

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In Victoria alone, there are over 5000 children who are , through no fault of their own, unable to live safely at home and with the growing numbers of children in need of foster care, about 1000 more foster carers are needed to meet demand.

“The current shortage of foster carers means that some of Victoria’s most vulnerable children are missing out on a safe home in foster care.“

While people may consider becoming foster carers, many are discouraged from taking the next step and enquiring because they have a range of misperceptions about foster care. Anyone over the age of 21 years and who can offer a child in need a secure, loving home is eligible to become a foster carer.

“Foster carers are ordinary people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and experiences.”

 

For more information about becoming a foster carer, check out:

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