Foster Carers Urgently Needed This Christmas

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21st December 2009, 04:32pm - Views: 928
Foster carers urgently needed this Christmas

UnitingCare Burnside is hoping that over the Christmas - New Year period people might consider helping one of society's most vulnerable groups disadvantaged children and young people needing foster care.

Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare Burnside, Jane Woodruff said, "Currently there are more than 10,000 children and young people in out-of-home care around New South Wales but sadly the demand for more places is growing. These children and teenagers have generally come from unstable family situations that may involve violence, drug and alcohol abuse and neglect. Foster carers are vital in helping these young people regain stability in their lives and give them a chance to enjoy positive experiences in a supportive environment. It's giving them a chance in life".

Monica is a foster carer and agrees it can be a daunting decision to make but once committed it is life changing. "It's so rewarding. It's scary and can be emotionally confronting to go through the process to work out whether it's the right fit for you. But once you get there it's just a marvellous experience. I wouldn't swap it for the world. It's changed our lives and it's changed the way we work. The rewards far outweigh the risks", she said.

UnitingCare Burnside has been actively involved in the care of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for almost 100 years and provides support, training and a tax free allowance to all foster carers.

There are also a range of foster caring options from long and short term, to respite care and mentoring.

"As most of us sit around with family and friends this Christmas enjoying the spirit of the season I'd urge anyone who has ever thought of becoming a foster carer to contact us. I guarantee it will be a life changing experience for everyone involved," Ms Woodruff added.

For more information on becoming a foster care go to www.burnsidefostercare.com or telephone Sydney on 02 9768 6955, Dubbo on 6885 5010 or NSW mid-north coast on 1800 815 113

Media Contacts:
Mark Warren,
UnitingCare Burnside
on 02 9407 3217
or 0414 617 806
[email protected]

SOURCE: UnitingCare Burnside
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