Calling for Aboriginal carers during Foster Care Week
Monday 11 September
Now in its 27th year, Foster Care Week (10-16 September) is a time to acknowledge the wonderful contribution that foster carers make, keeping vulnerable children and young people safe and loved.
AbSec recognises and celebrates the important work that all foster carers do, but we are especially grateful to Aboriginal carers. This is because Aboriginal carers have a unique ability to keep Aboriginal kids connected to their culture and strong in their identity.
“We want as many of those children and young people as possible to stay safely within their extended family and community networks, so that Aboriginal children can remain connected to their culture,” said Tim Ireland, AbSec CEO.
“Aboriginal kinship carers and foster carers know how important family is, the importance of connection to Country, to be part of community. They understand that our culture and identity is a source of strength, resilience and hope for our children and young people.
“We urgently need Aboriginal people to put their hand up and open their doors to children and young people in their community that need it.”
On Sunday 10 September we attended the Foster Care Week Picnic Day, held in Western Sydney by Fostering NSW. It was a great opportunity to thank some of our wonderful Aboriginal foster carers in person, and the kids had a ball enjoying jumping castles, face-painting, balloon art, games and a petting zoo.
If you are an Aboriginal person considering becoming a carer, or know someone who is, we encourage you to call us on 18007 888 698 for a free and confidential yarn. Becoming a carer is one of the most meaningful and positive things anyone can do, and we can help you to get started.
To all the carers out there, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal: happy Foster Care Week, and thank you for giving another chance to thousands of young people across NSW.