The Tenison Woods Education Centre (TWEC) hosted an information evening in conjunction with CatholicCare’s Out Of Home Care Services (Foster Care) on 10 September, where attendees heard from CatholicCare’s Carer Recruitment & Support Officer, Carol Mitchell, CatholicCare foster carers, a young person who has been in foster care and a Mum who has a child in foster care. The panel, facilitated by Jill Emberson of ABC 1233, discussed everything from why a child is placed into care, the positive impact a loving, safe and stable home has on a child’s life and the support foster carers receive during their foster care journey.
Foster care is an emotionally intense journey for all involved. By touching on all facets of the foster care experience, attendees gained insight into the need to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children who are placed in care and empathy for the children themselves. Year 10 students from St Joseph’s Campus, All Saints College, Lochinvar also supported the evening with a visual arts exhibition. The display featured student works responding to the feelings of children or young people in foster care.
Photo Gallery (click to enlarge)
The heartfelt stories shared on the evening proved the importance of a child’s needs being at the centre of care. Jasmin, a young person who had previously been in foster care, credited her foster family for making her feel so loved, telling how simple things such as having someone care enough to give her chores or ‘ground’ her, made her feel like she was finally part of a family.
Making this kind of a difference in the life of a child is a team effort. Carol Mitchell highlighted that children in care need a strong network of support, saying,“The wellbeing of a child in foster care is a shared responsibility between the carer/s, agency, Community Services and birth family.”
If you have ever considered becoming a foster carer, but had doubts about what you need to provide, foster carer, Sue, shares some simple advice, “You don’t need a fancy house, all you need is love.”
Foster carers are needed in the Hunter right now. If you have room in your heart and home and would like to learn more about becoming a CatholicCare foster carer, please call 4923 0600 today and register for the next free information evening. You can make a difference in a child’s life.
Article and photos courtesy of Geraldine Williams.