Community & Business

26 September, 2023

More foster carers needed in state

A CAMPAIGN to attract more foster carers has yielded excellent results, but the State Government wants more people to sign up.

More foster carers needed in state - feature photo

More than 600 Queenslanders have expressed interest in becoming a foster carer in the first half of this year in response to a campaign calling for more carers to open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children.

Queensland has more than 6,000 carer families who come from all walks of life, but more are needed to help provide stable and safe homes for at-risk children and young people.

Foster carer families include married couples with children of their own, de facto couples, single parents, LGBTIQA+ community members and First Nations carers.

Whether it is short or long-term care for children or teenagers, carers are provided with training and support through specialist agencies.

They also get a tax-free fortnightly allowance to help meet the needs of young people placed in their homes.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer should visit or call Queensland Foster and Kinship Care on 1300 550 877.


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