Dire lack of carers

A LACK of foster carers is the latest shortage affecting the State’s Family and Community Services (FACS) department, despite the responsibility shifting to non-government organisations and agencies.

The NSW government has made a commitment to fill child caseworker vacancies following statewide protests by social workers in August, and now the main problem is the number of foster carers for at-risk children.

An additional 450 foster carers will be needed in the next 12 months, for emergency, respite, short-term and long-term situations.

The idea of foster caring always being a permanent, long-term situation is one of the biggest factors stopping people from foster caring, according to Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies deputy chief executive Wendy Foote.

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