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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 vivienne.cleaver001@cyf.govt.nz

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