Call for foster carers in Armadale area from Department of Child Protection

Call for foster carers in Armadale area from Department of Child Protection

FAMILIES and individuals willing to open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children are needed in the Armadale area.

The Department of Child Protection is seeking residents as far south as Serpentine and as far north as Kenwick to consider being a foster carer for children and young people.

Department district director Robert Becker said foster carers were everyday people who liked helping others, especially children, and were willing to care for children temporarily or permanently.

“They can be male or female, single or couples, same-sex relationships, with or without children of their own, working full or part-time, or retired,” he said.

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There are more than 480 children and young people in care in the Armadale district, 62 general foster carer households and 75 family carer households.

More than 50 per cent are Aboriginal children the Department will strive to place with extended family or someone in their community.

Recruitment is focusing on increasing the number of Aboriginal people who want to become foster carers.

“Every child deserves a permanent, safe, stable and nurturing home, and for children in care this needs to occur at the earliest opportunity to help them overcome the trauma that many will have suffered,” Mr Becker said.

“Fostering has many rewards, but it can also be very challenging, so the Department provides a range of supports to assist and equip foster carers with the skills needed to help children grow into strong and confident adults.”

There will be an information session, including support and training opportunities available to carers, at the Department’s offices in Armadale, 151 Jull Street, on Wednesday, January 18, from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information, visit www.cpfs.wa.gov.au or www.facebook.com/FosterCareWa, or call 1800 182 178.