Can you Foster His Future?

September 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Coming Events, Events, Issues for Fostering, Links, Stories, Where can I foster? | Leave a comment

matthew.picAnglicare Victoria Eastern Region is running a campaign to find a foster carer for “Matthew” (not his real name).

Matthew is 16 years old who loves basketball, school and helping out around the home. He currently lives in Residential Care but according to Anglicare Victoria a home environment is what he needs to reach his full potential.

If you would like more information call 1300 889 335, e-mail fostercare.eastern@anglicarevic.org.au or read over the website and media release. 

Anglicare Victoria will be holding information sessions about Matthew on September 22nd, Nunawading Civic Centre (Courtyard Room) at 1:00-2:00 and 7:30-8:30. Call 1300 889 335 to register your interest.

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Young people in care make their debut

May 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Articles, Events, Media, Stories | Leave a comment

Photo by Simon O'Dwyer, owned by The Age

Photo by Simon O'Dwyer, owned by The Age

Last week 18 couples made their debut at the Melbourne Town Hall to 650 proud guests.

Although Deb Balls occurr every year across communities around Australia, the path these young ladies and gentlemen have journeyed along from childhood to adulthood has been more difficult than for most other Victorian children.

All of these young people have grown up living away from their own families, living instead in foster care, residential care or in the care of other relatives.

Last week they celebrated final chapter of that journey in front of family, friends, foster carers, foster care agencies such as Anglicare Victoria, and other distinguished guests including Jenny Maklin.

Looking wonderful and feeling like prince and princesses the young couples stood tall as they swirled around the dance floor on their night of nights.

Read more  in an article from The Age

Friends Training this week!

May 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Coming Events, Events, Supports for Carers, Where can I foster? | 1 Comment

Friends support children and their foster carers through mentoring, tutoring, child-minding,spending social time, transport and other practical assistance.

If you live in the Melbourne’s eastern region why not get involved? The first step is coming along to training which will be running this week on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Friends for Foster Care training includes stories from real carers and children, hands-on activities and discussions.

For more information or to book your place call Jessica on 1300 889 335.

Calling all Mothers (& fathers!)

April 30, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in About Fostering, Coming Events, Events | Leave a comment
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blue_heart_handprintWith Mother’s day just over a week away now is the time when we think about the importance of mother’s and father’s in providing a safe and loving home environment for children as they grow and develop. Mother’s day also brings into focus the 4,000 children across Victoria living away from their families in Out of Home Care.

On Mother’s Day foster care organisations celebrate the compassion, patience and endurance of all our foster mums, (as well as foster dads, brothers and sisters!) as they care for our most vulnerable children. Foster mums bring children into their family but do so without ownership; always understanding that these children have a mother who, despite everything, will forever remain their Mother.

While it is tempting to see these women and men as “super-mums” or “super-dads”, the fact is that these are completely ordinary people – ordinary people who are stepping up to an extra-ordinary role. Foster mums and dads are neighbours in your community; single people, couples, families of all shapes and sizes, people who’ve retired, students, people who are employed part-time full-time or not at all!

So if you know a foster mum, take the time to congratulate and thank her.  Or if you’re ready to step up along side foster mums and dads across Victoria call us on 1300 889 335.  

From all of us here at Foster Care Victoria, Happy Mother’s Day!

Pair opens heart, door to children

April 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Articles, Events, Links, Media, Stories | Leave a comment
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Lots of love: Foster parenting comes from the heart for Shirley and Malcolm.

A local Montrose couple shares their experience of fostering with their community through the local newspaper.

Shirley and Malcolm have interesting perspectives and acknowledge the challenges foster care can present. They also talk about the importance of respite for foster carers. They are clearly a positive and dynamic caring duo who supporting kids and families achieve.  

Remember that if you’d like to get involved you can come along to an information night, call 1300 889 335 or make an online enquiry.

Call for more carers in the Yarra Ranges

April 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Articles, Events, Links, Media, Where can I foster? | 1 Comment
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The Ranges Trader Mail and the Belgrave/ Ferntree Gully Mail have reported on the need for carers in the Yarra Ranges. Monbulk resident and current foster carer with Anglicare Victoria, Judy James, shares her experiences of being a involved, and urges others to give it a go.

If you live in the Yarra Ranges and would like to find out more you can come to an information session, call Anglicare Victoria on 1300 889 335 for an information pack or make an online enquiry.

*Online enquiries are the best option for people living outside the Yarra Ranges to find out more about foster care in your local community.

Information Sessions In The Yarra Ranges

March 30, 2009 at 10:50 am | Posted in Coming Events, Events, Where can I foster? | 3 Comments
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If you live in the Yarra Ranges or surrounding areas of Melbourne you may be interested in attending one of Anglicare Victoria’s upcoming foster care information sessions.

Foster Care Information Night – Yarra Glen
@ Yarra Glen Memorial Hall, Corner of Bell Street & Anzac Avenue
28th April 2009, beginning at 7:30 pm

Foster Care Information Night – Kallista
@ Kallista Community House, 2 Church Street
29th April 2009, beginning at 7:30 pm

Call Josh on 1300 889 335 for more information.

Campaign Launch: Eastern Metro Region

March 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Coming Events, Events | Leave a comment

Anglicare Victoria will host the Eastern Metropolitan foster care campaign launch on Thursday 26th of March. The campaign aims to promote the a message of diversity, that “Foster carers come from all walks of life”.

1000 new carers are needed in Victoria in the next year to care for the 2500 children currently in foster care. Among the speakers at the launch will be a currently foster carer who began her passion for caring for children in need 42 years ago. She will share her some of her many experiences throughout the past 4 decades.

 Journalists and community politician and leaders who are interested in attending should call 1300 889 335 to find our more.

From kid in care to carer: repaying a debt of gratitude (The Age)

March 20, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in About Fostering, Articles, Events, Links, Media, Stories | Leave a comment
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Youssif Assafiri inspired many people with his speech at the launch on Wednesday, and he’s now inspiring people across Victoria. In this article in The Age, Youssif shares his experience of separation from his family, residential care units and everytually foster carers. Youssif is now a residential care worker himself and advocate of foster care.

New Campaign Launched Today: 1000 carers needed

March 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Events, Links, Media, Stories, Uncategorized, Where can I foster? | 2 Comments

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Foster a Brighter Future is the theme of a new campaign launched today in Melbourne. The message is one of inclusivity, “Foster carers come from all walks of life” with inspiring interviews with carers featured on a new website, a new Community Service Announcement (Radio and TV) and a new DVD.

At the launch, the Victorian Minister for Community Services, representatives of CWAV and other prominent people involved in developing the new campaign spoke at the event to an audience of foster care staff, foster carers media and many more. But the most inspiring speeches were from people with first hand experience of foster care: Tracy, a carer of 23 years and Youssif Assafiri who spent the majority of his teenage year in foster care. Youssif, now working for a foster care agency himself, echoed the admiration for the work that foster carers do and encouraged more people to make a difference in the lives of children in care. He says he wants not 1000 new carers, but 1001 new carers by the end of the year.

Other regional launches will be occurring throughout Victoria over the next few weeks as the campaign brings to focus the needs of 5000 children in care in Victoria.

You can read the media release as well as view the community service announcement and interviews with real carers at the new “Foster a Brighter Future” website.

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