Mildura Weekly : Friday September 9 Vol 10 No 44
18 Feature MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 foster carers week Sunday 11th September to Saturday 17th September 2016 foster carers week Sunday11thSeptember to Saturday 17th September 2016 EACH night in Sunraysia, about 60 children feel safe and secure thanks to the compassion and dedication of the region’s foster carers who open their homes to children in need. Foster care is provided in Sunraysia by three organisations - Mallee Family Care, Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) and Mildura District Aboriginal Services (MDAS). Foster carers can come from any background and be aged from 21 right through to the elderly, and undergo a thorough assessment program prior to having children in their care. This ensures children in need are being placed in the best care, and that carers are also well prepared. Foster Care Week, which runs from September 11 to September 17, highlights both the dedication of Victoria’s foster carers and the desperate need for more carers. Sunraysia foster carer Danielle Mazza is a shining example not only of the rewarding experience being a foster carer provides, but the options available to those considering being part of the program. Danielle is a respite foster carer, meaning she relieves full-time carers when they need a break, which, in Danielle’s case, is normally one weekend a month. This means Danielle can maintain her full-time job as well as her hobbies and pastimes, while also helping to relieve the burden on the district’s foster carers. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “Just knowing that I’m providing carers with a break The Sunraysia Community needs more carers! Foster care provides safe, caring environments for young people aged 0-18 • Emergency/Respite • Short term • Long term WOUL D YOU?? For more information contact MASP today: Telephone: (03) 5021 6500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org HAVE YOU CONSIDERED FOSTER CARE Need for more carers to open their doors, could be for one night, a weekend or long term the choice is yours Ongoing training and 24 hour support Providing a child with the things we take for granted such as a bed, clothing will make you a hero IF YOU HAVE ROOM FOR ONE MORE PLEASE CALL MALLEE FAMILY CARE 5023 5966 Ndft th id ld bf iht Thought about it but not sure what the process is? Am I suitable? Can I do this? Can I give the child back? A child in care recently described their carer as their “Hero” and describes a hero as someone who is selfless. The child views the carer as one of the most positive people they have met and even through hard times continues to smile, remain positive and made each and every one of the children in her house still feel loved. The carer has not only changed the lives of other children but the life of the child.
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