In Western Australia, there are currently over 5000 children who receive love and support through general and family care arrangements. This Foster Carers Week, the Department of Communities is calling for generous people interested in becoming foster carers to come forward.
Teigan Reilly, Foster Carer Recruitment Officer, joined Bec and Jeziel to talk about her experience as a foster carer. She was inspired to become a foster carer when she was 19 years old. As a swim coach, some of her students were foster kids. “I don’t think I knew I was inspired at the time because I was quite young, but it sat with me for years and years, and four years ago I became a carer.“
The need for carers is ongoing as the number of children coming into care significantly outweighs the number of carers being assessed. Although the Department’s priority is to keep children with their birth family, sometimes this can not be achieved. “We rely on members of the community to reach out and help vulnerable children.”
If you are thinking of becoming a foster carer it’s important to know that it won’t always be easy. It involves managing difficult behaviour including emotional or physical trauma. But there is lots of support offered to carers such as training, meal deliveries and house cleaning. “It is challenging but the things that are the hardest are often the most rewarding.”
Foster Carers week is the 15th-21st of August. If you want to make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a foster carer, you can find all the necessary information on the Department of Communities website. Are you a foster carer? Let us know your experience by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!