Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Foster carers acknowledged at inaugural event

    19/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Foster Carer Celebration Day acknowledges crucial role played by foster carers
    • Community reminded more foster carers are needed
    Some of Western Australia’s most valuable community members were celebrated in Kings Park today at the State’s first-ever Foster Carer Celebration Day.

    More than 60 foster carers and hundreds of children celebrated with Premier Colin Barnett and Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney in a tribute to the vital work foster carers carry out every day.

    Mr Barnett said the event would become an annual celebration to show the State Government’s gratitude to foster carers who provided supportive homes for WA’s most vulnerable children.

    “Foster carers play an incredibly important role in improving the lives of children in care,” he said.

    “They provide stability and nurturing to children whose biological parents, for a variety of reasons, can no longer look after them and the Government is delighted to show its appreciation for their work with an event like this.”

    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney used Foster Carer Celebration Day to thank WA’s nearly 2,400 approved foster carers for their commitment to children and young people.

    “Every child deserves to be loved and looked after and today the Government publicly thanks and acknowledges the invaluable role foster carers play in our community,” she said.

    Mrs McSweeney reminded the community of the Department for Child Protection’s recently launched foster care recruitment drive.

    “While I applaud the good work our foster carers do, finding enough committed carers is perhaps our greatest challenge,” she said.

    “I encourage those who can provide children in care with a safe and stable home to get in touch with the department.”
     
          Fact File
    • As at August 31, 2012, there were 3,871 children in care in WA
    • Information on becoming a foster carer available at http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au
    • Support for Foster Carer Celebration Day provided by Dept for Child Protection; and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
    • Gifts and prizes provided by Whiteman Park Recreation and Conservation Reserve; Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop; Ralph Carr Management; BHP Billiton; and Parents of Oberthur Primary School
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