Minister Launches Joondalup Foster Carer Recruitment Drive

Minister Launches Joondalup Foster Carer Recruitment Drive

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Minister Calls On Community To Help Increase Foster Carer Numbers

Victor P Taffa

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched the Joondalup Foster Carer Recruitment Drive, with the aim of increasing the number of foster carers in the Joondalup District.

The launch, held at Neil Hawkins Park, brought together people from local businesses, sport and recreation, schools, local government services and community members to raise awareness and promote the need for new foster carers.

“As at January 31 this year, there were 3,529 children in care.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“We have 2,539 registered carer households and, while we are grateful for their contributions and commitment, the reality is we need more foster carers.”

The Department for Child Protection’s Joondalup District Office is responsible for child protection and family support in the City of Joondalup and most of the City of Wanneroo.

Currently the Joondalup office is responsible for 244 children in care and 107 registered carer households.

Foster carers in the Joondalup district have been active partners in planning the recruitment drive and have featured in the promotional material developed to support the appeal.

“New special guardianship laws are in place which allows foster carers to apply to the courts to become the child’s guardian after two years in their care.” the Minister said.

“We plan to conduct recruitment drives in all of our Child Protection Districts, taking a staggered approach to ensure we have the capacity to respond to applications.”

“There are a number of Policies and support mechanisms in place to ensure our foster carers are assisted in caring for the State’s most vulnerable children.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“The Foster Care Partnership framework is one example and demonstrates the State Government’s determination to enhance the working relationship between carers and departmental staff.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

With a particular focus on recruiting Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse foster carers and carers for teenagers, the recruitment drive will continue to be promoted in the next six months.