• intouch magazine | #04 | september 2015

Foster Carers Needed in the Hunter Region

Barnardos Australia is currently looking for temporary foster carers for children aged 5 and under, in the Hunter region.

“We have babies and children in crisis who require immediate care for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months while permanent arrangements are made for their care. Their own families may be unable to care for them due to a multitude of reasons, such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol use or mental illness. As such we are calling on people in the local area to come forward if they are willing to open their heart and their homes to a child in need” Korryn Harris, Barnardos recruitment worker said.

Karen became a foster carer with Barnardos a few years ago and has provided a safe home for many young children that were placed in her care. On speaking with Karen about her experiences, she admits being a crisis foster carer takes up a major part of her life and can be very challenging, however knowing she is making a real difference in a child’s life makes it all worthwhile. Karen also feels she is giving back and doing something positive for the community. “These poor little ones so desperately need help and although its not always easy, its just so rewarding when you get a smile or a hug and know you are making a difference.”

Foster Carers need time to care for a baby or young child (sometimes with one or more siblings) and meet their needs. Applicants need to be over 25 years of age. All applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and singles and couples regardless of sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. Foster Carers receive a generous allowance of up to $1050 p/fortnight and will be eligible for Centrelink entitlements, on-going training and support from caseworkers.

If you are interested or just want to findout more, please call Barnardos Hunter/ Central Coast on 4978 9500. One of the friendly Barnardos team will be happy to discuss any enquiries you may have.

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