Many ways to care as Bendigo celebrates region’s foster carers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 11 September, 2017.

This Foster Care Week, Anglicare Victoria is calling on people from all walks of life to
become foster carers.

Foster Care Week, which runs from 10 to 16 September, celebrates foster carers and the
contribution they make to children and the community.

In the Bendigo region, there are 88 accredited foster carers who provide long, short term,
emergency and respite care for vulnerable children.

Anglicare Victoria Regional Director Francis Lynch said the number of foster carers had
grown over the past year but more help was always needed.

“On average we receive around 30 requests for placements each month,’’ he said.

“There are many ways to get involved in foster care, from long-term, full-time care to respite
care in emergencies or on weekends.

“Carers can be single, in a relationship, working full-time, working part-time or studying –
our staff will work with you to find the best possible way for you to make a difference to a
child’s life.’’

Mr Lynch said foster carers were unsung heroes in the community.

“We are extremely thankful to our foster carers for their support in providing safe, secure
homes for some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.

People interested in learning more about how to become foster carers can contact
Anglicare Victoria on 1800 809 722 or visit https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/events/ to book
into a local information session.

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Francis Lynch and local foster carers are available for interview.

Anglicare Victoria is the State’s largest Out of Home Care provider. In 2016, we provided
care for over 1100 children and young people across Foster Care, Kinship Care, Residential
Care, Permanent Care and Targeted Care Packages.

Further enquiries contact:
Jen Van Ewyk
Media and Communications.
media@anglicarevic.org.au
Mob: 0419 035 117
Tel: 9412 6173

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