Celebrating foster carers who open their hearts and homes to children

Foster carer with child drawing on blackboard
15 September 2015
Foster carer with child drawing on blackboard

The Minister for Families and Children has marked the beginning of Foster Care Week 2015 by announcing a further $1.7 million to improve engagement and support for Victorian foster carers.

This year, Foster Care Week runs from 13–19 September and is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contribution of volunteer foster carers.

Foster carers play a critical role in the Victorian out-of-home care system, caring for children and young people who cannot live with their immediate family due to abuse and neglect. In 2014–15, there were more than 2,000 foster carers in Victoria.

The additional funding will allow for a dedicated approach to foster carer retention, which is a major challenge facing Victoria’s out-of-home care system. The five foster carer retention priorities are:

  1. A new foster carer manual and website
  2. Foster carer training and support strategy
  3. Foster carer engagement strategy
  4. Standardised feedback and complaints mechanism
  5. Divisional Carer Advisory Groups to improve the lines of communication between foster carers, community service organisations and the department.

People interested in becoming a foster carer are encouraged to call 1800 013 088 to find out more about this rewarding opportunity.

This funding is in addition to the $1.5 million already invested to improve foster carer attraction, recruitment and retention.

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