ANDERSON ENCOURAGES TAMWORTH ELECTORATE TO TAKE ON
THE CHALLENGE OF BECOMING A FOSTER CARER
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today called on people from the Tamworth electorate to consider opening up their hearts and homes by becoming a foster carer as part of Families Week.
Mr Anderson said that Foster carers are saints, they offer a stable and loving home for children and young people who cannot live safely at home.
“We need more people to open their hearts and their homes for children and young people who are in need.
“Carers can come from all walks of life, you can be single, married, with or without children, rent or own your own home and be from any religious or cultural background.
“Carers who want to consider offering a child a home for life are also encouraged to consider fostering a child with a view to open adoption,” Mr Anderson said.
In March, the New South Wales Parliament passed new laws making it easier for vulnerable children to be adopted.
Those who are thinking about becoming a foster carer can visit the Fostering NSW website www.fosteringnsw.com.au or can call the hotline 1800 2 FOSTER (367837).
“Becoming a foster carer is something that people consider over a long period of time before making such a significant commitment.
“That’s why it is important for potential carers to know that there are resources out there to not only inform their decision, but also offer them guidance and support once they have taken on this important role.
“Children in our community need your love and support. Fostering is both rewarding and challenging and I encourage members of the community to consider fostering a child to foster a positive future to our most vulnerable children,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Checks are required as part of the process of applying to become a foster carer. The welfare of children and their placement in a safe a positive home is paramount.