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This Foster and Kinship Week (22 – 29 April) is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge the selfless work carried out by foster and kinship carers, who find room in their hearts and homes for children and young people.

We say a huge thank you to our 1000 registered Churches of Christ Care carers supporting young people around Queensland.

  • 614 foster carers and 386 kinship carers have supported 2619 young people across Queensland in Mount Isa, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, South West, South East, Brisbane and North Coast in the last year (2016/2017).
  • 20 percent of young people in Queensland who need out of home care and support are supported by our Children, Youth and Families Service and, we have a range of services in place that support young people enter into adulthood with hope.

We are proud of the work done by foster and kinship carers to provide safe and nurturing homes for children and young people. They’re offering tremendous value to the community by providing safe family environments and homes, and helping children heal and grow.

What is foster care?

Some children and young people are unable to stay at home because their families may not be able to look after them or because they may have been harmed or be at an unacceptable risk of harm so they are placed in foster care.

Children and young people need foster placements for many reasons.

Sometimes they need a short stay away from home for specialist intervention and support to be undertaken with their family so they can return later.

  • In other cases, their parents and/or extended families may not be able to care for them and longer term care may be required.  

For children in out of home care, the ultimate aim is always for them to re-join their family where ever possible.

For young people who need extra support

Intensive foster care offers support for children and young people in out of home care who require additional therapeutic support to meet their complex and/or extreme level of needs.

As needs of children and carers can be quite different, a carer agreement is developed outlining the individual needs of the family.

Tell me more about Kinship care

Kinship care is the care given to a child by someone they have an existing significant relationship with, such as a relative, friend or a known community member. Children may move into kinship care when they are removed from their birth parents or legal guardians.

We have a strong commitment to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to have their voice heard in any discussions that effect their children, families and communities.
 
Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child has the right, and opportunity, to grow up safe, with family and connected to community and culture.

Culture is a known strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and maintaining young people’s connections to country and culture supports positive outcomes later in life.

We’re proactively recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster carers so we have a greater capacity to place Indigenous children with Indigenous families.  

Are you interested in becoming a foster or kinship carer?

Children and young people needing care come from many different cultures and backgrounds, and so do our foster carers. We’re hosting information sessions right across Queensland where you can chat with our team, meet current foster carers and have your questions about foster care answered.

Being a foster carer is a challenging and rewarding experience. It’s a decision that can only be made when the time is right for you and your family.

If you want to make a positive difference in a child or young person’s life and have time, energy and enthusiasm, have a stable home environment, then we’d like to talk with you about becoming a foster carer.

 

Posted April 26, 2018 in Our blog