Foster carers play a vital role in the community by keeping children and young people safe and giving them opportunities to thrive.
On an average day, there are approximately 1,600 children and young people in foster care in Victoria, where they are temporarily cared for by trained and accredited foster carers.
In most cases, when a child or young person first comes into foster care, the aim is to support their parents to have their child or young person return to their care as soon as it is safely possible.
The foster care community does incredible work and plays a crucial role in the lives of thousands of Victoria’s most vulnerable children each year. But to keep that support in place as Victoria grows, we need to expand our community of carers across the state. This Foster Care Week find out more about becoming a foster carer by visiting https://services.dffh.vic.gov.au/foster-care.
The events and celebrations held during foster care week aim to highlight and celebrate the contribution foster carers make. If you want to take part, or find out more please visit the Foster Care Association of Victoria or Fostering Connections.