Foster Care Week is celebrated in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia from 11-17 September. We are both humbled and amazed by the enormous contribution of our village of carers who open their homes, their hearts and their lives giving back to the community so selflessly.
You Can Ask That video series provides insight into life as a foster carer
We sat down with some carers to ask them the tough questions, the obvious and not so obvious questions, questions some people have always wanted to know but never found the right time, or the right carer to ask.
You Can Ask That takes an honest, real and light-hearted look at what it’s like to care for a child or young person. Hear from those who know only too well the realities of foster care – carers themselves.
These real-life accounts of personal journeys, experiences and anguish provide great insight into what to expect when deciding to travel down the foster care road.
“Being a foster carer for the first time is daunting, there are many questions, many unknowns. And for those thinking about becoming a carer there are even more questions, that’s why this video series is so exciting. This is an innovative way for people to get those answers, hear from foster carers who have been on the journey, who are already caring for children and young people,” says Dr Lisa J. Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, OzChild
The You Can Ask That series is aimed at educating and informing new and potential carers, those in the accreditation stage who are looking to learn more and current foster carers would certainly benefit from and most likely enjoy from other carers sharing their own stories.
In Australia close to 50,000 children and young people are currently placed in out-of-home care. The reasons are often complex and varied, but the challenge of recruiting foster carers remains, it is hoped this series will shine a light on the rewarding role of foster care.
Watch the videos below:
Child maltreatment is a pervasive issue that casts a long, dark shadow over the lives of countless young Australians. It’s a problem that transcends social, economic, and cultural boundaries, leaving a lasting impact on victims and society as a whole.
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