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, Barnardos recruitment worker said.
Michelle became a foster carer with Barnardos 18 months ago and has provided a safe home for 2 young children that were placed in her care. On speaking with Michelle about her experience, she discussed how being a short term foster carer was always something she had talked about and now
wished she had done sooner.
“I thought I couldn’t afford to foster, but Barnardos helps with the day to day expenses. Now I’m making a real difference.”
Michelle’s two older children love helping out, Michelle feels together they are giving back and doing something positive for the community.
“I had a spare room and the support of family and friends - I didn’t realise how many little children desperately needed help.”
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 the candidates 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 and will be eligible for Centrelink entitlements, on-going training and support from caseworkers.
If you are interested or just want to find out more, please call Barnardos Australia on 1800 663 441. One of our team would be happy to discuss any enquiries you may have.