People in the Perth metropolitan area are being urged to consider a rewarding and selfless role as a foster carer.
An information session will be held in East Perth where a panel of presenters, including representatives from the Department of Communities and the Foster Care Association of WA, will discuss what is involved and answer any questions.
The information session will be held at the Department of Communities theatrette, 189 Royal Street, East Perth on Saturday, July 22 from 2pm to 4.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 1800 182 178.
As at June 30, 2017, there were more than 2,800 children and young people in care in the metropolitan area; 47 per cent are cared for by family members and 42 per cent by foster carers.
Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said “There is an ongoing need to recruit new carers to support vulnerable children and young people in our community.
“We are looking for everyday people who have space in their heart and home to help a child or young person in care.
“Foster carers can be single women or men, married or same-sex couples, with or without children of their own, young or old.
“Nearly 50 per cent of children in care in the metropolitan area are Aboriginal, and wherever possible they are cared for by their extended family, a member of their Aboriginal community or other Aboriginal carers.
“I strongly encourage people who are passionate about making a difference and can offer a stable and loving home to attend a foster carer information session.”