What kind of carer are y ou?

Sunday Territorian - - NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK FEATURE -

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

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