Foster carers acknowledged for hard work

By James Bennett

Foster carers were celebrated last week with Berry Street in Shepparton hosting a gathering.

Foster care recruitment assessment and training team leader for the Hume region Janene Ingram said the evening provided a "night off" for foster carers.

"It's an opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers and thank them for housing someone with a different family of origin," she said.

"It provides the foster carers a night to socialise with each other.

"They understand what they do and the complexities around foster caring so hopefully they enjoyed the night out. 

Guest speaker Dr Ann O' Neill said she talked about her work helping people who had been through the foster care system.

"I've written a lot about hope and why it's important for life in general but also why it's important for people who have experienced trauma.

"The framework advantage not only those as a carer but also the young people who often are left with a great personal cost of going through the system.

"It was an amazing event in Shepparton. It's great to celebrate the people who have been in the foster care system as a kinship and the work they do.

Ms Ingram said there was always room for more families who wished to become foster carers.

"There's a need for to house many vulnerable children in our community for an extended period of time."   

Anyone who wishes to learn more about foster care can phone Ms Ingram on 03 5822 8100.