Quantum Support Services is placing the spotlight on foster and kinship carers as part of Foster Carer Week, 11-17 September.
Quantum Chief Executive Natalie McDonald said those community members that put their hand up to support children in need were some of our biggest community heroes.
“In South Division we can have up to 20 children seeking a foster care place each day,” Ms McDonald said.
“Some of these young people are seeking placements over several days and weeks as a stable placement has been difficult to identify.
“Without consistency in a child or young person’s care, their education, recreational activities and connection to community are disrupted or ceased all together. A foster carer is critically important to these young people, and we need more of them.”
Quantum supports about 80 foster care and kinship care households across Gippsland.
“Foster caring can be hard, be it is also extremely rewarding,” Ms McDonald said.
“The end goal is always for young people to return home. Their sense of identity is imperative, in an ideal world they should be with their family but when they can’t, a stable foster family can bring a sense of hope and aspiration for their future.
“We encourage all members of the community to consider caring. Carers come from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, political beliefs, diverse sexuality and genders. Some may already be parents; others are a couple with no children or single carers. If you have a desire to support vulnerable young people in need, a conversation could be worth the leap.”
For more information on the support services available through Quantum Support Services or how to become a foster carer visit www.quantum.org.au or phone 1800 243 455.