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SHARED Lives is a free and accredited two-day course for people who want to open their homes to young people who cannot live with their biological parents. It is being held on Saturday and Sunday June 16 and 17 from 9am-3pm at the Grafton Library.
According to CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation) foster care assessor, Kirra-Lee Towells, the training is an excellent way to find out everything you want to know about fostering. "The two day session is filled with comprehensive information about the needs of children and young people in foster care, the requirements of the foster carers, and the ongoing support and training offered to registered carers.", explains Kirra.
Senior Assessor, Fiona Kaminski, adds "Fostering children from disadvantaged backgrounds can be very rewarding, especially when you see them go from strength to strength once they are in a stable, nurturing environment. In this training, we share practical skills on how to use reparative and therapeutic parenting techniques to help children build trust in their caregivers, and heal from their experiences of trauma and abuse."
There are around 20 thousand children and young people in the "out-of-home-care" system in NSW in need of stable and safe places where they can feel nurtured and valued. Fostering has a range of modalities that can fit different lifestyles of singles or couples. Some people choose to provide care one weekend a month in a "respite" modality, while others prefer longer term commitments. When there is a willingness from all sides, adoption is also a possibility. Data from 2014 reveals that there were 89 adoptions from out-of-home care in NSW. Australian citizens or permanent residents over 18 year-old with a good record can become foster carers.
People who can foster:
- in a de-facto relationship
- in a same-sex relationship
- working full-time, part-time or not at all
- with or no children
- have a spare bedroom
What: Shared Lives - "Become a Foster Carer" Training
When: 16 and 17 of June from 9am-3pm (light meal provided)
Where: Grafton Library, 126/128-144 Pound St. Grafton
Contact: Kirra-Lee (02) 6652 9369 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.