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.
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:
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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