LeAnne Ross, Senior Therapeutic Practitioner, Clinical Services at MacKillop Family Services shares her insights.
Christmas and summer holidays it can be a time of joy, excitement, families and togetherness. But for many children in care, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect, it can be a time of conflicting emotions, higher stress and altered behaviours.
While children and young people in care may be excited for the summer holidays and spending time with their foster family, they can also experience feelings of loss and sadness. Sometimes this period triggers memories of past trauma (for example, ...
Being a foster carer is one of the most important and rewarding roles you can play in your community. Each year, the number of children and young people requiring a foster care placement grows more rapidly than we can recruit individuals and families to care for them. As a result, there is a shortage of foster carers.
Melissa and Leon became foster carers in January 2015 and currently provide long-term care for a six year old boy, and respite care for two siblings aged seven and nine years. These children enjoy being part of a big family as the Watson's have 10 children between them, as well as an assortment of chickens, cows and pets on their acreage outside Candelo in New South Wales. Melissa works full-time as a nurse and Leon is studying nursing at university.
Eurobodalla foster carer Eric is a single dad. During the week Eric works as a primary school relief teacher, but two weekends a month and during school holidays he provides respite foster care for other local foster carers.