Have you ever thought about Foster Caring? Here are some great reasons to look into it!
Making a difference
Providing a safe and nurturing home for a child, gives you the opportunity to create a warm and positive experience for children who come into your care. Our foster carers say that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a carer is to see the growth in the children in areas of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.
Opportunities for making positive social impact
We all know there are many within our communities struggling with homelessness, family violence, drug addictions, trauma and disadvantage, which in turn affects children. Becoming a carer is a practical way to positively impact families within our community.
Sharing your good fortune
Some of us are fortunate to have resources that we can share with others. This isn’t just monetary resources, other things including time, education, life skills, your friendship network and more. All these things can contribute positively to a child and can have a profound impact on their life and self-esteem.
You have an empty nest
Many parents get to the point where their kids have grown up and moved out but they feel like they still have something to give. If you are an empty nester, with the stability, experience and knowledge of having parented your own children and feel this way, fostering might be for you. The energy, joy and love that comes from caring for children is immense and doesn’t need to end when yours have grown up and left home!
You relish a challenge
All children come with their own challenges and these are unique to each child’s personality. Caring for children brings the rewarding challenge of learning about their individual needs and history. As a carer, you will work closely with our team in the Permanency Support Program to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.
You want to build and maintain connections
Connections you make with children placed in your care often endure for a long time, if not for life. Many carers speak fondly of the memories and long-lasting connections they have made with the children they have cared for.
You want to help build resilience
We’ve all experienced difficult life experiences that have helped us build resilience and strengths. Our attitude of gratitude in overcoming our difficulties can motivate us to want to help others in their difficult times.
Many children need different types of care
There is a desperate shortage of carers in our community. There are increasing numbers of children who require emergency, respite, short and long-term care for many reasons. However, we often do not have enough carers to provide these children with a stable, loving and supportive home, while they are unable to live with their birth family.
If you feel that you might want to explore more about what it means to be a foster carer or find out more information…
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