Some great reasons to look into Foster Caring
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…
Careers | Join the team!
Youth Care Services UPA is seeking to employ 2 Caseworkers to join our dynamic team to support the growth of the agencies Permanency Support Program.
About the Agency
Youth Care UPA is a Funded Service Provider within the Permanency Support Program managed by the UPA FNC District. Our program provides a safe, nurturing, secure and caring alternative living arrangement for young people who cannot live with their natural families.
It is our mission to provide an effective Permanency Support Program which empowers young people, and creates opportunities for their future to enhance their quality of life. This will be achieved in collaboration with the young person, their family and other key people.
About the Role
To actively support the individual needs of children and young people in the Youth Care UPA Program. You will be responsible for developing Case Plans and supporting and implementing and monitoring the plan in conjunction with the young person and their carers.
The incumbent will work as part of a team to facilitate the delivery of quality services and achieve positive outcomes for the young people and children whilst providing support to their carers.
- Minimum Certificate IV in Youth Work or Diploma or Degree in Community Services, Social Sciences or equivalent are essential, together with a minimum of 12 months relevant experience in OOHC/child protection sectors;
- Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential/sensitive information at all times;
- High level of assessment skills together with information gathering, problem solving, and evaluation skills;
- Ability to manage challenging situations while applying policy, procedure and legislation to deliver services to children and people to deliver positive outcomes;
- Demonstrated effective time management and organisation skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Thorough approach to the management of information, preparation of reports and documentation for high level decision making;
- Proven excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to engage with a diverse range of people and contribute effectively in a team;
- Demonstrated strong written skills, experience in report writing and confident computer skills;
- Current NSW Working with Children Check clearance;
- Current Australian Drivers Licence- Class C;
- Comprehensively insured motor vehicle;
- Capacity to work outside of normal hours and participate in the on-call roster.
Applicants must be willing to undergo a criminal records check and pre-employment medical.
You can download the position description here.
Send your resume, cover letter and response to the Selection Criteria to:
Aiden Thomas, Program Manager, Youth Care UPA
PO Box 414, Alstonville NSW 2477
For further information about this position please call Tracey Anderssen, Youth Care UPA, Service Coordinator on 02 6620 4400.
Applications Close COB Friday 21 June 2019.
New wellness area for our staff
As a Foster Care agency, our staff deal with lots of highs and lows in their work, and every day can bring new stresses which can sometimes be extreme.
We felt it was necessary to provide our staff a wellness area, which will give them a welcoming space with fresh air and greenery to help balance the stresses of day to day roles each undertake in this challenging field.🌿
The area is set up on our lovely balcony space at our offices at 75 Main Street, Alstonville. It also looks out over the balcony-clad roofs of the historical town – great for taking it all in, with a few breaths and some breathing space. As our work is full of a lot of emotions from all parties, a calm place to rest is very important.
We value all our wonderful staff very much, and appreciate the work they do every day. Thank you all!
Your Youth Care team.
Family Fun Day
Foster Care Week was held recently and to celebrate, UPA Youth Care were part of a team that organised a Family Fun Day at the Alstonville Leisure Centre.
During Foster Care Week, five foster care agencies, including Family and Community Services worked together to produce a great day full of activities including jumping castles, live performances, a photo booth, hip hop workshops, a reptile display and arts and crafts to name a few.
A special art project facilitated by our carer and mentor Karma Barnes was the highlight. Everyone who attended on the day were asked to paint a heart and all the hearts were glued to five big hearts that are now displayed in each of the five agencies.
Attendees also had the chance to participate in this mural creation (see images) which turned out very well indeed!
Youth Care UPA were so happy to be a part of this very special day, a big thank you to our wonderful carers for the incredible work they do.