Wide Bay foster carers desperately needed

A major provider of foster and kinship care services is urgently calling on Bundaberg and Fraser Coast 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 Wide Bay children currently in out of home care.

Bundaberg Children, Youth and Families Manager Melissa Clarke said the 300 children placed in out of home care with Churches of Christ Care in the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast regions 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 Clarke 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.”

The need is great not just in Wide Bay, 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 8,415 in June 2015.

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 who 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 this Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and features a presentation by a current foster carer.

Held on the eve of Child Protection Week, 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 Children, Youth and Families office at 50 Payne Street, Bundaberg.

Those interested in attending the information session can contact Melissa Clarke and her team on 4152 0709 or cyfbundaberg@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.

Posted August 23, 2016 in News