An innovative, industry developed and sector-led solution to foster carer recruitment.
The goal of the project is to achieve better outcomes and impact through whole-sector collaboration, cooperation and data collection. This takes the form of a branded carer attraction campaign, website and enquiry line and centralised Carer Management System (CMS). In addition, Fostering Connections provides opportunities for agencies to share resources to make the carer recruitment experience more efficient and the recruitment process more accessible for enquirers.
If you are interested in working with Fostering Connections or becoming a carer contact:
Danielle Walt, Program Manager - Fostering Connections
22 January 2016
Victorian foster care agencies unite to address shortage of foster carers
A new campaign has been launched to attract a new generation of fosters carers in Victoria.
Victoria experiences a shortfall of more than 300 foster carers each year. These carers are sorely needed to help care for children and young people who cannot live with their families.
For the first time, Victoria’s 26 foster care agencies have united to form Fostering Connections, to raise awareness of foster care and make it easier for people interested in becoming a carer to take the first step.
Fostering Connections has established a new central website www.fosteringconnections.com.au and a 24/7 enquiry line 1800 013 088 to provide prospective foster carers with everything they need to know.
“By making it easier to find out more about becoming a foster carer, we hope to see more people opening their hearts and homes to a child or young person in need of a stable and loving home”, said Ms Deb Tsorbaris, CEO of the Centre for Excellence.
Fostering Connections was launched yesterday at the Melbourne Museum by the Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, with foster families joining the celebration.
The attraction campaign emphasises that it’s the little things you can do that will make you amazing to a child, whether it’s reading them a bedtime story or taking them to the footy.
Fostering Connections is supported by the Victorian Government, who has invested $3.2 million towards attracting, recruiting and retaining more carers.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer visit www.fosteringconnections.com.au or call 1800 013 088.
Media Enquiries: Deb Tsorbaris, CEO – 0417 599 869