Events to celebrate unsung heroes - foster and kinship carers
Foster and kinship carers in the Department of Child Safety's Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast Zone will enjoy a host of events this week as part of Foster and Kinship Care Week.
Child Safety Minister Desley Boyle said: "Foster and kinship carers are our unsung heroes. They give their time, love and energy to care for children who have been abused or neglected," Ms Boyle said.
"Foster and Kinship Care Week is an opportunity to recognise their contribution and to celebrate the difference they are making to so many children's lives."
Events in the region include:
• a 'Fun of Fostering' expo and Carers BBQ at Nelson Park, Gympie on Wednesday, 14 March - hosted by TRACC Gympie
• a luncheon to celebrate carers at Caloundra on Wednesday, 14 March -hosted by Integrated Family and Youth Services
• a bush dance at Saint Paschal's Church Hall, Warraba Avenue, Wavell Heights on Saturday, 17 March, from 6pm - hosted by Mercy Family Services and Families Plus
• a Carers Celebration Day Out featuring an Indigenous art and crafts workshop, at Scarborough Beach Park on Saturday, 17 March - hosted by TRACC Caboolture
• an activities afternoon and BBQ dinner and bush dance at the Wondai Showgrounds on Saturday,17 March - hosted by the South Burnett CTC Inc
• a train ride aboard the Mary Valley Rattler at Gympie on Saturday, 17 March - hosted by TRACC Cooloola.
Foster and Kinship Care Week aims to acknowledge the enormous contribution the state's more than 2900 foster and kinship carers make to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
The week also aims to promote the benefits of foster care to the broader community, and in doing so encourage more people to become carers.
Foster and Kinship Care Week is funded by the Department of Child Safety and is being jointly coordinated by PeakCare Queensland and Foster Care Queensland.
People interested in becoming a foster carer can call the Department of Child Safety's Foster Carer Recruitment Hotline on 1300 550 877 or visit www.childsafety.qld.gov.au.
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