WHEN Jill De-Ath and her husband sought to foster a child in 1964 they had a very different experience than they would now.
There was no formal care agreement, no training and no police checks.
Mrs De-Ath is now the western regional co-ordinator of Connecting Carers NSW and she shared her story yesterday at the launch of Challenge Children’s Services in Albury.
Challenge Albury is the region’s second private-sector out-of-home care provider and is already working with 35 children and their carers.
General manager Stephen Doley said demand for carers outweighed supply but Challenge would keep caseloads at a manageable level.
Challenge will help to find placements for children in need but, equally important, it will help their carers and ensure the experience is beneficial on both sides.
Challenge has utilised its official launch to appeal to those who may have an interest in becoming foster carers highlighting the need for those who provide children a home and help them to a better future.
For those who have ever thought about taking this step, it’s time to turn that thought into a reality.
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