This Foster Care Week we join in the call for carers to be supported with the basics such as birth certificates and Medicare cards, to be unburdened by the financial pressure to pay for health and education expenses that aren’t covered by the care allowance.
CaringLife app launch
We were delighted to be part of the official launch of the CaringLife app which took place on 26 June.
Photos, certificates, artwork; the precious keepsakes many of us take for granted can be lost or never documented for children & young people in out-of-home care. OzChild foster carers Emma Stirling and Anthony Denahy developed a solution – a platform where carers & kids can upload these special memories, giving children and young people access to their childhood memories for life.
In Australia, the data tells us if a child spends more than six months in care, they are likely to never go back permanently to birth family, 41% of children currently in out-of-home care have been there for more than five years. And through multiple studies on placement changes we know 40% will experience between 2-5 placements, 14% between 6-10 and a staggering 32% will have more than 11 placements*.
Thinking about these stats it’s no wonder many misplace, lose or never have records of their memories – CaringLife means, throughout their journey children and young people will be able to create their identity, affording them the simple right of holding onto who they are.
In Victoria, the growth in OOHC is the fastest in the nation – a grim reality for the state which has endured the harshest and longest lockdowns. With more than 45,000 children already in OOHC across Australia, an additional 4,500 children are estimated to enter OOHC because of the pandemic – put simply, we do not have enough carers.
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