Why Foster ?
The Bible calls us to care for the vulnerable and to open our homes with hospitality and love. In Australia, children living in out of home care are some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
As Christians we are adopted into God’s family and given a new identity. In James 1:27 God tells us that true spirituality is to love the fatherless. And the very heart of our religion, is to love our neighbour.
Right now in Australia there are children living in out of home care, separated from their families, needing the love of a neighbour.
Children are entering care faster than we can find carers for them. As the church we can become foster or kinship carers, opening our homes and hearts to love these children.
We need great carers, who will provide the best place for children to thrive knowing they have a family rooting for them!
The need for carers
There is a shortage of foster and kinship carers in Australia, and there are not enough homes for children in care.
In NSW alone, there was a need for 660 new carers in 2018.
The number of children on care and protection orders increased from 8.2 to 9.0 per 1000 children between 2012-13 and 2016-17, however the number of carers did not rise at the same rate.
The outcomes for children in care are not good, with significant mental health, behavioural problems as well as lower educational outcomes.
Placement stability can improve these outcomes, so we need carers that are going to invest in these children, love them, and be part of changing the trajectory of their lives.
Why raising a child in care
is different from raising your own child
Children only enter the out-of-home care system in Australia if there is messiness. The main reason children enter care is neglect, followed by emotional abuse. Neglect means not having a basic needs met to grow and thrive, which can include everything from food to emotional needs.
Then every time a child enters care, returns home, or moves foster or kinship care placement, the child suffers a broken attachment and their ability to re-attach, to trust, and be able to seek and give love appropriately is affected.
So, regardless of what age a child enters care, they have already suffered a form of trauma and broken attachment.