Wanted: 30 helping hands for children in need
Regional leaders are calling on dozens of local people to put up their hands for foster care.
The push is part of the Share Your Care foster care recruitment campaign targeting people from both the Great South Coast and Wimmera regions.
It also comes as Victoria prepares to celebrate Foster Care Week, which begins on Sunday (September 12).
Former Victorian Premier and carer Dr Denis Napthine has put his weight behind the campaign and is calling on at least 30 people to put their hand up and find out more about becoming a foster carer, in the 30 days of September.
“Every night in our region up to 400 children and young people won’t be sleeping in their own bed. While most stay with family or friends, for some foster care is the only solution,” Dr Napthine, who is the Share Your Care’s official Ambassador, said.
“This month we are asking at least 30 local people to seriously consider whether they can put their hands up to become foster carers,” he said.
Dr Napthine, who was a foster carer for many years, said there were numerous rewards to be gained from caring – for both the carer and the young person.
“I think one of the greatest things about being a foster carer is being able to share your love with somebody who genuinely needs it.
“Somebody who might be at risk in their own home, somebody who needs a loving family. And being able to share that is so rewarding for you as an individual, for your whole family.”
“As we approach Foster Care Week – September 12-18 – now is the perfect time to find out more about foster care and how you can put your hand up to be a carer.”