Why we need Foster Carers

Some children and young people cannot live in their homes because their families are struggling with managing varying life issues. Sometimes the children are at risk of harm because of family violence, or their parents are struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, illness or financial concerns. Sometimes families just need time to sort through issues. Foster care provides care for children and young people aged 0–17 years of age when their families are struggling to manage their care and wellbeing.

The overall aim of foster care is that the children will return home to their families when their parents are ready to care for them again. While the children and young people are in foster care, they will feel supported, nurtured and connected and have opportunities for continued growth and development.

CAFS urgently needs more foster carers to help care for children and young people. If you are interested in promoting the care and wellbeing of children and young people in your local community, think about becoming a foster care family. A foster carer’s role is a challenging but rewarding one. The rewards come from knowing you have helped make a difference for a child or young person. Foster carers come from all walks of life. We need diverse carers to meet the diverse needs of children and young people.