What kind of carer are y ou?
WHEN you think about becoming a carer, generally you think about foster care, adoption and long-term care.
But there are actually many different types of care that young people need that may just be the type of care you can provide.
Kinship care, emergency care, respite care and shortterm carers are all needed to help support young people in accomplishing their goals and improving their quality of life.
As the situations and requirements of each child and family are different, so is the type of care that may be required. The same applies for carers, who can nominate the type care they are interested in providing.
Carers may be more suitable or comfortable providing care for particular types of children due to their experience, or they may have special skills and attributes that make them a great candidate for particular children.
For example, people in health and caring professions, such as doctors, nurses, teachers and child care workers, may be more confident in caring for a child with behavioural difficulties, physical and or intellectual disabilities. Defence families on deployment are an example of carers who may be unsure how long they will be in a position to care for a child, but are still able to make a difference through emergency care and respite placements. Aboriginal carers and kinship carers can provide a connectedness to family, culture and community.
Becoming a carer can be an incredibly rewarding experience. There are process and checks to undertake to become a carer, however adults in good physical and emotional health with a genuine desire and compassion to help a child or young person can apply.
For more details on becoming a carer, visit the Carer Community website www.carercommunity.nt.gov.au
Becoming a carer can be an incredibly rewarding experience