Foster Care Week, 14 – 20 September 2014, acknowledges the essential role played by foster carers in our community.
Sometimes life isn’t easy. Sometimes it doesn’t go to plan. And sometimes we’re handed challenges that are more than we can handle.
CareSouth is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and cares for people who are doing it tough. Whether it’s children having a hard time at home, people living with a disability, or families struggling to get by – we’re here to help, every day.
Our Foster Carers are everyday people doing extraordinary things. Foster Care can be provided by an individual, couple or family, who have a strong, stable and structured home life. CareSouth provides exceptional support, with training, mentoring, personal visits, on-call back-up, and a tax free allowance.
CareSouth has created everyday residential choices with heart. We offer long-term residences for people with disabilities; transitional accommodation when it's time for more independence; and crisis accommodation for young people. Everyday.
Sometimes childhood is stressful. Pressure on families, for all sorts of reasons, can filter down to a child. Our CareSouth Aunties and Uncles support children with the important things in life and in doing so give children the gift of hope.
Above all else, we want to be accepted. We want to be recognised for our strengths and supported to achieve our hopes and dreams. Our disability programs support children, young people, and adults. We focus on the person, not the disability.
CareSouth helps ease some of life’s burdens with our team of amazing support people. We have mentors to guide young people. Specialist staff to monitor things when children and birth families reconnect. Transport staff to safely ferry children from home to contact venues. And clinical psychologists to help make big issues small.
Read our latest positive news stories for CareSouth Foster Care across our regional footprint during Foster Care Week 2014.
Foster Care Week, 14 – 20 September 2014, acknowledges the essential role played by foster carers in our community. An initiative of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies and non-government foster care agencies, local NGO CareSouth partnered in a range of local activities over the weekend to celebrate and raise awareness of the fantastic contribution made by foster carers across our region. It is estimated that NSW needs 450 new foster carers in the next year.
We were proud to participate in Foster Care Week activities again this year in collaboration with other local foster care agencies across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and Western NSW. CareSouth is committed to working with other agencies to support the important role of foster carers in our community. The Foster Care Week activities are a great example of this, along with training, information sessions and other best practice initiatives,” said CareSouth Acting CEO, Renee Schott.
Local not-for-profit community organisation CareSouth will receive continued funding for its Shoalhaven Youth Homelessness Support Service under the state government’s Going Home Staying Home reforms. The decision was announced last Friday, with further information still to come from the NSW Department of Community and Family Services (FACS) on the contracting and transition process.
“We are delighted to have been successful in our application to continue to operate our existing Specialist Youth Homelessness Services (SHS). We welcome the necessary reforms but are aware the requirements placed on the successful tenderers as part of the state government’s Going Home Staying Home reforms are likely to be challenging. We are yet to see how that works but fortunately CareSouth is well equipped to embrace this new era for our services.“ said CareSouth CEO, Deb Tozer.
This National Families Week (15-21 May 2014), CareSouth partnered with the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and other foster care agencies throughout NSW, to pay tribute to foster families and the vital role that they play in Australian society. Read and listen to some of CareSouth's positive news stories about becoming a Foster Carer or Family Choices Carer.
CareSouth’s Aunties & Uncles program celebrated the 25th Anniversary of National Volunteer Week (12-18 May, 2014) with a huge Thank You to our Volunteer Carers. Volunteers have a power in today’s society and a drive that enables them to make a true difference in the world (Volunteering Australia). CareSouth ‘Aunties’ and ‘Uncles’ are volunteer carers who have been supporting and caring for disadvantaged children in our local communities for more than 21 years. Read some positive news stories about CareSouth's Aunties & Uncles program from our 2014 National Volunteer Week campaign.
CareSouth’s Aunties & Uncles program is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Volunteer Week (12-18 May, 2014) with a huge Thank You to our Volunteer Carers. Volunteers have a power in today’s society and a drive that enables them to make a true difference in the world (Volunteering Australia). CareSouth ‘Aunties’ and ‘Uncles’ are volunteer carers who have been supporting and caring for disadvantaged children in our local communities for more than 21 years.
“I continue to be inspired and in awe of what becomes possible when we take time to care for those who need our help most. Children in CareSouth’s Aunties & Uncles program are provided opportunities and experiences that many of us take for granted. Volunteer carers are the ‘missing link’ for disadvantaged children,” said Clare Wilson, CareSouth Aunties & Uncles Program Manager.
CareSouth is supporting the statewide Fostering NSW campaign to celebrate the important role of foster carers during this year’s National Families Week, May 15-21. It has been an important year for us with CareSouth foster carer, Annette Holmes, being honoured as a finalist in the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards, which she accepted on behalf of all foster carers in our communities.
“Families who open their hearts and homes to children who are experiencing upheaval fill a fundamental need in our community. CareSouth is very proud to partner with the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies to recognise and celebrate the tremendous work of foster families during National Families Week,” CareSouth CEO, Deb Tozer, said.
Caresouth's Aunties and Uncles Program is built upon the strength of care provided by community volunteers, because we know it takes a village to raise a child. By spending time together doing everyday activities, you can make a difference and give a child hope.
Parenting is never easy. For some it can be particularly hard. CareSouth’s Brighter Futures helps parents and children from Gerroa to Helensburgh.
Inspired to change a life? Our Foster Carers are everyday people doing extraordinary things. CareSouth provides exceptional support to our Foster Carer families.
CareSouth provides quality service and support for people living with a disability. We focus on the person, not the disability.
When a crisis happens, it matters that you have a safe place to stay. CareSouth provides youth accommodation in Nowra seven days a week.
CareSouth provides a safe environment for children and their birth families to connect. We promote positive relationships and above all protect the child.
We love to see young people live up to their potential. CareSouth’s Mentors Program brings together young people and caring individuals.