Foster care is vital for children and young people who cannot live with their own families. Publicity about foster care and recruitment of foster carers is essential in ensuring there are sufficient numbers available to meet the needs of children and young people – whether that is respite, short or long-term foster care.
Over the past six years the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has coordinated the Foster Care Communications and Recruitment Strategy (FCCRS) – a joint initiative of organisations providing foster care services. The FCCRS included the provision of a state-wide data management and referral system, a telephone hotline, a suite of promotional material and the Foster a Brighter Future website.
This report by Verso Consulting represents the final evaluation and reporting phase of the strategy. It makes important recommendations to ensure the ongoing efficiency and effectiveness of Victorian approaches to foster care publicity and recruitment. Further, it makes important recommendations to ensure that recruitment processes also meet the needs of potential foster carers. This report makes a significant contribution to the challenge of ensuring that foster care remains a sustainable option for the placement of children who cannot live at home.
Please read the attached copy of the report, and feel free to leave a comment.