IF YOU’RE INTERESTED
Child, Youth and Family Central Regional Director Tania Harris says CYF is always in need of more foster carers, and encourages anyone interested in learning more to contact them. ‘‘As a community, we rely heavily on our caregivers, and we are always looking to increase our pool of foster carers to give us a better chance of matching the right caregiver to our children in care.’’ Foster carers from a broad range of backgrounds are sought, and ideally would be flexible, tolerant and patient, ‘‘and have a good sense of humour’’, she says. Child, Youth and Family works with about 4000 foster carers looking after more than 3800 children. There are a variety of care options, including:
Emergency care – when a child or young person is placed in care at short notice because there are serious concerns for their safety.
Respite care – taking a child in for a weekend or a short period of time, to give their parents or caregivers a break.
Transitional or short-term care – taking a child in while CYF work with their family to make decisions about what’s best for the child, and how to make sure they are safe and well cared for.
Home for life – when whanau or foster carers make a lifelong commitment to a child in foster care, and they are no longer in Child, Youth and Family’s care. The child still maintains contact with their family of origin, but gets a real sense of security and belonging as part of a family.
For more information contact CYF organisers on 917 1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org