Foster care honours

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port, along with the Foster Care As­so­ci­a­tion of WA, held lun­cheons in Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne last month to recog­nise their foster car­ers.

The events co­in­cided with WA’s in­au­gu­ral Foster Car­ers Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week.

Sev­eral car­ers took home an award for Foster Carer of the Year 2016-17.

At Soul Cafe in Kar­ratha on Satur­day, March 11, Rhondda Tit­tums was re­warded for her work as a fam­ily carer and San­dra Spadanuda and David Heath­wood were hon­oured for their ef­forts as general car­ers.

At Roe­bourne Con­tact Cen­tre on Fri­day, March 17, Vi­o­let Samson, Glo­ria New­land and Ian Wally were re­warded for their work as fam­ily and com­mu­nity car­ers.

Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port direc­tor-general Emma White said foster and fam­ily car­ers were heroes, who were the back­bone of the out-of-home care sys­tem.

“With their on­go­ing ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port, some of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in our com­mu­nity not only sur­vive their child­hood, but thrive into their adult lives,” she said.

To find out more about be­com­ing a foster carer, visit dcp.wa.gov.au.

San­dra Spadanuda and Rhondda Tit­tums.

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