Foster care needed to help kids "in desperate need of love"

CHALLENGE Children's Services needs volunteers to become foster carers on the Northern Rivers.

They are running free introductory training workshops at Carrington Street, Lismore, this weekend.

The introductory sessions provide information on becoming a foster carer, what is involved in taking on a foster child and preparing prospective carers for the role.

Carers may become short term carers, ranging from one night to three months, or long term carers, which is for children who need a family to grow up in until their family circumstances change.

Challenge general manager Stephen Doley spoke of the broad target market for potential foster carers.

"People are often interested to learn that mostly anyone can apply to become a foster carer, whether they are single, in a de-facto relationship, unemployed, same sex, renting or retired," he said.

"Challenge currently has 10 foster carers in Lismore, so we encourage people to apply."

Mr Doley expressed concern for the 65 children on average placed with foster care in NSW each week.

"These kids are in desperate need of love, stability and a home of their own, so we encourage people to please help us make a difference," he said.

Foster carer workshops

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm

WHERE: 70 Carrington St, Lismore

CONTACT: Ashlee on 6760 0700

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