Foster carers needed

To be there for a child and to be their friend and someone they can rely on is an honour and a privilege for a foster carer. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d398778
To be there for a child and to be their friend and someone they can rely on is an honour and a privilege for a foster carer. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d398778

MercyCare, currently managing 56 foster care placements for children aged from 0-18 years old, is looking to recruit both general and specialist foster carers as they remain in short supply.

‘Foster carers are in many ways the unsung heroes of our community because they share their homes with children who are at a time in their lives when they need help, and the experiences inherent in taking on this role are extremely rewarding and gratifying,’ said MercyCare CEO Chris Hall.

‘We’re hoping this campaign will ignite the interest of many Perth individuals and families who would be interested to discover more about what is involved with becoming a foster carer, and learn how they can help make an incredible difference to our next generation.’

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said more than 100 new carers were needed. ‘The decision to foster care is a significant decision for any family or individual to make,’ she said.

‘Foster caring is a demanding yet rewarding role that involves understanding the needs of a child in care and building strong and trusting relationships.

‘The people that take on this role do so out of love and commitment.’

A local Atwell woman who became a foster carer earlier this year said it was a life changing experience.

‘To be there for a child and to be their friend and someone they can rely on is an honour and a privilege,’ she said.

‘It brings me a lot of joy and the children I care for are an absolute delight in my life. I knew I had something to offer and knew I could do something for these children by fostering.’

For more information, email fosteringservices@ mercycare.com.au, call 9442 3439, or visit the child protection website at www.dcp.wa. gov.au.