In 2019-2020 over 200 children were turned away from foster care services because they could not be placed in a home due to a shortage of carers.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic placed significant strain on foster carers. Many carers across Victoria faced financial concerns and the added pressure of keeping children and young people at home during lockdown. In May 2020, it was reported there was a 35% decrease in foster care enquires from the start of the year * whilst the demand for out of home care services continued to increase.
As we come into a new year and restrictions ease, we urgently need more volunteer foster carers. So, what do you need to know about becoming a carer?
- Anyone can be a carer. The only requirements are that you are over the age of 21, pass a working with children and police check and have a spare room for a child.
- Training and ongoing support is provided. At Anchor we have dedicated case managers, training, and support for when you or the young person in your care needs it.
- Flexibility is key. Children come from all different backgrounds, ages and have different needs. It is important to be open and flexible to the children that come into your care. We will work with you and your family to ensure the child in your care best fits your lifestyle.
- There are challenges but the rewards are immeasurable. Caring for a child with trauma or complex backgrounds may seem daunting, but our carers have always said it’s the most rewarding thing they have ever done. Don’t forget, we are here to help and support you if you need.
- Enquire today! You have nothing to lose by enquiring. You will speak to friendly and professional staff who can answer any questions you may have.
Help us ensure no children are turned away. To find out more or to become a foster carer today, click here.