On any given night, The Salvation Army’s Westcare Foster Care Service provides care and support to 170 babies, children and young people unable to live with their own families.
This week is Foster Care Week (14 – 19 September) where we recognise and celebrate the vital role foster carers play in our communities by bringing stability and hope to the lives of young people and enabling them to thrive and reach their full potential.
What is the Westcare Foster Care Service?
Westcare exists to care for vulnerable young people in the Western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
We rely partly on donations from the public and the generosity of volunteer foster carers to provide respite, short term and long term care for young people, from babies to 18 year olds.
Often young people in foster care have had a number of difficult experiences, including death or illness of family members, abuse, neglect or even homelessness. Sometimes the decision to foster care is made voluntarily by the person’s family or ordered by the Child Protection Service.
Foster care volunteers look after young people in their own homes. They are part of a ‘care team’ who share parenting responsibilities for them often alongside the birth parents, Westcare case worker and child protection worker.
Interested in becoming a foster carer?
Do you have a spare bed and a stable home?
Across Victoria in 2013-14, approximately 6500 children and young people required a placement in Out of Home Care.
We are currently in great need of Foster Carers to look after vulnerable young people in Victoria’s Western region. You can choose to provide emergency or respite care, short term or long term placements.
Learn more about foster care through our Westcare program here. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!