Stuart Ayres MP today visited Wesley Dalmar Penrith and joined Wesley Mission staff and volunteers to raise awareness for the need for foster carers here in Penrith and right across NSW.
Stuart Ayres said: “Foster carers are incredible people doing incredible things by providing safety, stability and a loving home to some of the states’ most vulnerable children.
“Where traditionally foster care has been seen as a placement for children for a short time or until they turn 18, now it is about finding a forever family for a child who can never go home.
“Today I hope to encourage people from all walks of life in my community to consider becoming a carer.”
The CEO of Wesley Mission, the Rev Keith Garner, said he was delighted by the support shown by Minister Ayres in the drive to recruit more foster carers.
“Foster care comes with a range of responsibilities and each day can bring new experiences and great rewards for families,” Mr Garner said. “Wesley Mission needs more foster carers – people who want to help transform the lives of children.”
Wesley Mission runs two foster care programs at its Penrith site: Penrith West and Penrith East. Some 102 children are in care, supported by 79 carers across western and south western Sydney.
Each Penrith program has a centre manager, two team leaders, five case managers, a carer recruitment officer, support officer and an education officer. The programs are supported by a clinical team.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer contact Fostering NSW on 1800 236 783 or visit www.fosteringnsw.com.au.