Canberra Mums – Could you be the one?

ACT TOGETHER FOSTER CARE

If your New Year resolution was to make a real difference in the world why not consider becoming a foster parent and you could make the world of difference to a child in need.

The statistics around child protection are startling – every day in Australia there are some 186 substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect and one child dies every two weeks at the hands of those meant to protect and care for them.

In the ACT alone there are currently more than 700 children living in out-of-home care due to issues of abuse or neglect. That equates to one child in every classroom in need of care and protection. Could you be the one adult that it takes to make a difference in their lives?

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed rela­tionship with a supportive adult. The power of that one strong adult relationship is a key ingredient in resilience according to the Harvard Centre on the Developing Child. Could you be the one?

ACT Together is calling for new foster carers this year hoping to encourage more people to recognise the impact they can have on the life of a child. Can you provide a safe and stable environment for children and young people who cannot live safely at home?

Every child is one adult away from being a success story. Could you be the one?

Call 1300 WEFOSTER (1300 933 678) to find out or for more information visit www.acttogether.org.au

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