Berry Street has called for more people to consider becoming a foster carer as many families have left the foster care system in the past five years.JENNA BISHOP June 16, 2014 3:57am
Berry Street Hume regional director Patrice Jackson is encouraging more people to become foster carers.
A decrease in the number of foster families has prompted foster care organisation Berry Street to call for more people to help provide essential care to the region’s vulnerable children.
The organisation aims to work with families to provide a safe, temporary environment and strong support for children who have suffered trauma or abuse.
Hume regional director Patrice Jackson said it was concerning to see foster care in rapid decline in Victoria, leaving more children at risk of not receiving the care they needed.
‘‘Over the past five years in Victoria, many more families have left the foster care system than have volunteered to become a foster family,’’ she said.
‘‘We have a similar issue in the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘On any given night in the Goulburn Valley, over 100 children and young people aged between birth and 17 years are living in out-of-home care.
‘‘Due to the shortage of carers, some of these children and young people are placed away from their communities of origin, sometimes necessitating a change of school, separation from family and friends and disconnection from all that is familiar to them.’’
Ms Jackson said foster care had been the main way the Victorian community had cared for children removed from their families for reasons of abuse or neglect for the past 100 years.
Foster care is the temporary care of children and young people aged between zero and 17 by trained, assessed and accredited foster carers.
‘‘These children and young people come from various backgrounds and enter the foster care system for a range of reasons, with care arrangements made via court order, or voluntary agreement between the child’s parent and a foster care agency,’’ Ms Jackson said.
‘‘In Victoria, foster care is an important option for children and young people in care, although relative/kinship care is the most common form of care for child-ren and young people who cannot continue to live in their family home.’’
For Berry Street, the main aim of foster care is to help families reduce stress and solve problems so their child or children can return home as soon as possible.
It is generally required when there are no extended family members or social network members available to provide care.
Foster care can be anything from respite care to temporary emergency care ranging from one night to six weeks or transitional short-term or long-term care, meaning there were care options which would suit most people.
Traffic is blocked in Archer St Shepparton following a crash this afternoon.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
Malcolm Campbell is the new president of the Lions Club of Tatura after he was inducted by Global Leadership 201V5 chair Pat Mills at the club’s changeover dinner at the Top Pub on Saturday, July 12.
Echuca’s Xavier Campbell will lead Essendon Football Club into a new era.
Rochester athlete Morgan Dingwall won medals at an international athletics competitions last month.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Organic waste kerbside collection to start in December, with Numurkah and Shepparton businesses awarded parts of seven-year contract.
Ten Deniliquin athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last Friday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.