April 29, 2020

Foster Carers Urgently Needed in Gippsland

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Quantum CEO, Elizabeth Pearson welcomes a recent announcement of the Victorian State Government committing an estimated $77.5M to programs that better support children impacted by disadvantage, including additional funding and supports to assist foster and kinship carers.

The $77.5 million package includes $46 million for family services and more than $11 million to support carers and children in their care.  A further $4 million will go towards supporting young people currently in care who are due to turn 18 before December.

Ms. Pearson stated “Quantum is very excited about the recent announcement, which recognises the commitment of the sector in supporting improved outcomes for children and young people.  The announcement includes additional financial support for foster families and kinship carers. I thank the Minister of Child Protection, Luke Donnellan for the strong recognition of the selfless contribution made by those carers who volunteer in the sector and the difference that they make in the life of a child or young person”.

Children and young people can find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own. For many, their lives have been impacted through a range of circumstances outside their control, whether it be as a result of family violence, the risk of homelessness or the impact of neglect.

Quantum Support Services is a not-for-profit service that has been operating in the Gippsland region for over 30 years.

Quantum’s Stream Manager for Children and Youth Services, Mitchell Burney is concerned about a limited number of placement options that present in the region for children entering the care system.

Mitchell states “Across Gippsland there is a growing need for more foster carers. Quantum are in urgent need to find homes on a daily basis for children and young people. The greatest barrier to providing homes for children/young people in foster care is a shortage of carers.”

“Quantum’s Foster Care Program supports children and young people who are unable to live at the family home due to significant harm. Our carers and our program provides a safe and nurturing home for these children/young people that promotes safety, stability and healthy development “Mr Burney stated.

Foster carers provide stable, safe and caring environments for children and young people who otherwise who are unable to live with parents or family and have often experienced complex developmental trauma.

Quantum recruits, trains and supports foster carers for children and young people in Gippsland’s Out of Home Care system.

With the identified shortage of available households, Quantum encourages anyone who has ever considered welcoming a foster care child into their home to make contact with the support team.  With the announcement of additional government supports, there has never been a better time to become involved.

For more information, please call Kate our Foster Care Coordinator on 0459 866 860 or email hbccarerenquiries@quantum.org.au