Pro­gram to help car­ers

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

SPI­RALLING so­cial prob­lems and a hous­ing short­age in western Sydney have prompted youth agen­cies to of­fer free ac­com­mo­da­tion and car use to prospec­tive foster car­ers.

Western Sydney will be the first re­gion in NSW to roll out the pro­gram, which is run­ning in Vic­to­ria and Western Aus­tralia.

Black­town’s MacKil­lop Fam­ily Ser­vices and Marist 180 said the pro­gram aimed to help youth, aged 12-15, re­unite with fam­i­lies af­ter liv­ing with foster car­ers.

To carry out the ser­vice, at least six foster car­ers are needed to care for these young peo­ple in three homes in the Mt Druitt, Parramatta and Black­town ar­eas.

The car­ers live rent-free in the homes, where they pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

An in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26, from 6-7pm, at MacKil­lop’s of­fices, Level 1, 38 Prince St, Black­town.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.