Program to help carers
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.