Many ways to care as Gippsland 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 Gippsland region, there are 51 accredited foster carers who provide long, short term,
emergency and respite care for vulnerable children.

Gippsland Regional Director Jane Anderson said more help was always needed.

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

“Carers can be single, in a relationship, working full-time, 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.’’

Ms Anderson 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,’’ she said.

People interested in learning more about how to become foster carers can contact Anglicare
Victoria on 03 5133 9998 or visit https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/events/

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Jane Anderson 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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