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.
STRONGER FAMILIES, STRONGER COMMUNITIES
NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK, 15-21 MAY 2015
CareSouth is asking local families to consider becoming CareSouth Carers during this year’s National Families Week, May 15-21. CareSouth has a unique range of options for anyone considering making a difference in a child or young person’s life. CareSouth supports vulnerable children and their families across Southern and Western NSW through a range of programs including Foster Care, Family Choices and Aunties & Uncles.
“Families who open their hearts and homes to children who are experiencing upheaval fulfil a fundamental need in our community. Currently across NSW there is an urgent need for families to provide long-term, short-term and respite care for 8-15 year olds, for primary school aged sibling groups and also for children with disabilities. Our Aunties & Uncles Volunteer Carer program is another great way to get involved and help strengthen families in our community. CareSouth aims to be an agency of choice for Carers and provides the flexibility of options to suit your family,” CareSouth CEO, Deb Tozer, said.
Congratulations to CareSouth CEO, Debra Tozer, on receiving this year's Shoalhaven Business Leader of the Year Award. We are very proud of Deb's vision and leadership for the organisation and this is a very well deserved acknowledgement!! CareSouth were also Finalists in Business Excellence and Innovation. Read the front page good news story published in the South Coast Register!!
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 non-profit community organisation CareSouth celebrated the grand opening of our new Berkeley Office on Tuesday 22nd July, 2014. CEO Debra Tozer introduced new CareSouth Chairman Andrew Bonney to the community, joined by The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for the Illawarra and Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM Wollongong City Council. Entertainment from the Berkeley Song Birds and the Illawarra South East Regional Performing Ensemble helped us celebrate children, young people, individuals, families and community.
“We’re incredibly excited to be opening our new office in Berkeley. Local businesses and the Berkeley community have been extraordinarily kind and welcoming. We’re very proud of the calibre of this building and the exceptional work environment it provides for our inspiring staff, carers and clients. This is a bold project and the level of achievement is a credit to our much valued community partners. We look forward to continuing to deliver positive outcomes, not just through our funded services but through a range of projects, to create a better future for children, young people, individuals, and families,” said CareSouth CEO, Debra Tozer.
The official opening of CareSouth’s Berkeley Office is a significant development and continues our strengthening presence in the Illawarra. We started in 1992 in the Shoalhaven and have since expanded into the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Western NSW. CareSouth’s new Berkeley premises has been specially planned and built to support the Illawarra community with services including Aunties & Uncles, Brighter Futures, Foster Care, Family Connections, and Disability Services.
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 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.