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.
Foster Care Week 2021
Foster Care Week is celebrated in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia from 12-18 September.
Foster Care Week is here! We are so proud of the village of carers we have on our team and thank every member of the carer household for the incredible difference you make. Foster carers play such a crucial role in our communities and for children and young people, they provide unwavering dedication, kindness, and love, often going above and beyond to ensure better outcomes are achieved for the kids in their care.
Carers are many things to children and young people, and the past 18 months carers have been challenged like never before. They’ve had to take on many roles to ensure kids could remain engaged and connected. This week and every week we thank all carers for all the incredible roles they play.
On any given night OzChild supports more than 300 foster care households who provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment for more than 400 children and young people throughout Victoria, ACT, New South Wales, South Australia and in Queensland. This is only achievable with the support of a tight-knit community, a Village of Carers.
Foster Care Week provides a wonderful opportunity to say thank you and shine a light on the life-changing difference carers make.
“My role as a foster carer is challenging, surprising, and fulfilling, but most of all, it’s totally worthwhile. My only regret is I didn’t do it sooner!”
– Kellie, OzChild foster carer
- Meet Kris and Rick, Winners of the Carers Award, Victorian Protecting Children Awards 2021
- Hear from OzChild carer Cathy about her role as a treatment foster carer
- Read Tammy’s letter – an insight into the thoughts of the biological child of foster carers Chrissy and Kane
- Hear from young people about their experience in foster care
- Have a question? Check out the ‘You Can Ask That’ video series
- Check out our foster care FAQs
- Learn more about becoming a Treatment Foster Carer in Victoria, New South Wales or South Australia
- Find out more about becoming a general foster carer
- Register to attend an information session
Become a foster carer
Every 45 minutes a child enters the out-of-home care system in Australia. The sad reality is the number of children and young people needing care is not slowing down and the number of people signing up to become carers is falling short. Could you care?Start your foster care journey
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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