Help­ing vul­ner­a­ble kids

Central Leader - - News -

It takes a spe­cial kind of per­son to foster a child with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

And IHC is on the look­out for more of them.

“Ideally, we want th­ese care­givers to fall in love with th­ese chil­dren.

“We want them to treat them as a mem­ber of their fam­ily,” says Denyse Wil­cox, gen­eral man­ager of IHC’s fam­ily ser­vices.

IHC is hop­ing Foster Care Aware­ness Week, which started on Sun­day and runs un­til Satur­day, will prompt more peo­ple to think about help­ing vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Chil­dren with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties are placed in foster care through a re­fer­ral from the Needs As­sess­ment Agency or through Child, Youth and Fam­ily.

“They come through CYF for the same rea­sons that any other child comes through CYF, through abuse, ne­glect, and aban­don­ment,” says Ms Wil­cox.

For in­for­ma­tion call 0800-442-442 or email re­cruit­ment@idea.org.nz.

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