It’s the little things that count – like a trip to the footy or sharing a meal at the table – that are the focus of a new campaign to attract the next generation of foster carers in Melton & Moorabool.
Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA is encouraging local residents from all walks of life to look into joining up to become a foster carer.
The Andrews Labor Government has invested $3.2 million towards attracting, recruiting and retaining more carers, to tackle Victoria’s shortfall of more than 300 foster carers each year. Carers are sorely needed to help care for children and young people who cannot live with their families.
The campaign highlights that carers don’t need to be superheroes – everyday Victorians from all walks of life can open their hearts and homes to make a big difference for vulnerable children and young people. It includes digital, print and radio advertising beginning in late January, supported by a new website and centralised inquiry line with greater capacity to respond to enquiries from potential carers.
The foster carer recruitment and training process will also be streamlined to ensure suitable carers who have been carefully assessed become accredited sooner.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer visit www.fosteringconnections.com.au or call 1800 013 088.
Mr Nardella said:
“We want more local residents to join our amazing foster carers who open their hearts and homes to children in need – if you have ever thought about becoming a foster carer, now is the time.
You don’t need to be a superhero, you just need to have an open mind and a loving home.”