Foster Care Week: Carers can create a future that inspires

Support: Once accredited, foster carers provide emergency, short-term, long-term or respite care and receive ongoing training and support from a host agency.

Support: Once accredited, foster carers provide emergency, short-term, long-term or respite care and receive ongoing training and support from a host agency.

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This Sunday, September 11 marks the start of national Foster Care Week with an opportunity to reflect, acknowledge and thank those in our community who open their hearts and their homes to our most vulnerable.

Local foster care agency, MacKillop Family Services, would like to thank its foster carers for the great work they do, and for their tireless efforts supporting children and young people in care.

“Foster carers play a vital role in the lives of children and young people, who through no fault of their own may have endured traumatic or difficult experiences,” said Tracy Hill, manager MacKillop Family Services Illawarra Shoalhaven. “By providing a stable home, foster carers can set a child on a path for a brighter future.

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“Children in care need the opportunity to enjoy their childhood and the support to prepare for adulthood. Carers can create a future that inspires hope, not only for the children and young people in their care, but also for their parents and families, strengthening our entire community.”

MacKillop Family Services is a Catholic agency which provides foster care, youth homelessness, disability and education services in NSW, Victoria and WA. MacKillop is also an accredited provider of The Sanctuary Model which supports organisations to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults affected by trauma.

Located at Level 1, 21 Auburn St in Wollongong, phone 4250 5500 or see mackillop.org.au

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