Foster carers play a vital role

Most children have adults who love, cherish and care for them, providing them with all that they need to develop and reach their potential.

However, some children in our society need to be cared for by others because their parents are not able to provide adequate care.

Children are removed from families after all other possible avenues of support and care have been considered and exhausted.

Making this decision affects the life of the child, their sense of self, their identity and also their family.

Many of these children are in care with compassionate, giving members of our communities called foster carers.

These people are in your suburb, your street, providing special care to children who have had a difficult start in life.

Foster carers are not saints or angels; they are normal people doing an extraordinary job. They often work, they may have their own children that they are raising, they may be single, in same-sex relationships, and from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

Unfortunately, people who are willing to care for someone else’s child are in short supply. Wanslea Foster Care had to refuse referrals for 185 children in the past six months due to a shortage of foster carers.

Foster children are children first; they have all of the same wishes and dreams of any child.

The situation in which they find themselves is no fault of their own.

They need sensitive care to assist them through the struggles that come from their early-life adversities.

They deserve a loving family life just like other children have.

A community should be judged by how it looks after its most vulnerable members.

We need to do better and it starts with each individual challenging themselves to give something back and to help build their own community.

If you want to know more about becoming a foster carer visit www.fosternow.com.au, email support@wanslea.asn.au or call 9245 2441.