5,000 children are in the foster care system in WA

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:50 am
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ARK Australia is a movement of communities dedicated to providing family and belonging to vulnerable kids.  Louise Pekan, WA State Manager for ARK visited Bec on The Morning Show to tackles some myths about fostering.

 

 

In the last financial year, It was found that over 5,000 children are in the foster care system in WA – with over 50% being indigenous children. When we think about this it seems quite out of whack considering only 3% of the population is indigenous. So how we can help to bring this statistic down?  By being aware of our neighbours, by connecting and supporting our local community. We have to start at the beginning and become part of their lives.

If you know a foster carer, it would be pretty common for you to consider them a “superhuman”. But anyone can do foster caring, we just need to be willing! The beautiful saying, “Not all who are equipped are called but all who are called are equipped” sums it up perfectly. Another myth Louise wants to bust is that you “can get it wrong”. Yes, sometimes we will fail but we are all human, You don’t have to be all together to be able to care for a child. Just as with any other child, you will learn as you go.

Last week I shared the number is children living in the foster care system . It seemed to strike a chord and was the…

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As a parent with kids between 1 and 12, I know that each stage has its joys and challenges. Moments that make and break days. Babies are beautiful but sleeping through the night and toilet trained is too!

As a foster carer, you can be available for certain ages. There is a need for those who love teens as much as there is for those loving baby snuggles. These numbers again represent a real person. Someone worth knowing and loving, even if it’s just for a while.”

Follow Louise’s Facebook page for more information on foster care.

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