Moreton Bay foster carers desperately needed

A major provider of foster and kinship care services is urgently calling on Moreton Bay locals to open their homes and hearts to children.

Churches of Christ Care is in need of foster carers for some of the hundreds of local children currently in out of home care.

Service Manager Suzanne Smith said the 175 children a night placed in out of home care with Churches of Christ Care in the Moreton Bay region are only some of the many local children looked after by a variety of out of home care service providers.

“There are a lot of children in care requiring long term and respite care, but if someone can make a difference to even one of those children, then they have made a world of difference to that one child,” Ms Smith said.

“Our carers come from all walks of life. It’s not so much about who you are but who you can be to a child that needs you.”

Of particular need in the Moreton Bay region are carers for sibling groups and young people aged 13 years or over.

“We are trying to change peoples, and potential carers, perception about the type of children that need care and the types of care they may need,” Ms Smith said.

“Our carers can provide a variety of foster care, including fulltime, respite, emergency, weekend and school holiday care.”

The need is great not just in the Moreton Bay region, but across the state with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reporting that the number of Queensland children in out-of-home care increased from 7,602 in June 2011 to 10,709 in June 2016.

Increasingly, organisations such as Churches of Christ Care are looking out for these children in their time of need.

Over 870 dedicated and compassionate foster and kinship carers work closely with Churches of Christ Care staff to provide a vital safety net to children and young people who have often come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.

To help those considering becoming a foster carer, an information session is being held on Wednesday 28 June from 6pm to 7pm and features a presentation by a current foster carer.

The session will provide practical information to potential foster carers and those interested in this vital area of child safety. The session will be at Churches of Christ Care’s office at Level 1, 80 King Street, Caboolture.

Those interested in attending the information session can contact Suzanne Smith and her team on 5490 6400 or cyfmoretonbay@cofcqld.com.au. For more information on fostering with Churches of Christ Care, you can visit FosterWithUs.com.au.

Churches of Christ Care is one of the largest non-government providers of children, youth and family services in Queensland. They provide assessment and intervention services, foster and kinship care, residential and supported independent living services to over 3,700 children and young people each year.

More information on Churches of Christ Care can be found at cofc.com.au/care.

Posted June 20, 2017 in News