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Image (supplied) - Dr Denis Napthine AO

Foster Care Challenge Set

Foster Care Challenge Set

Image (supplied) - Dr Denis Napthine AO

Wanted: 30 helping hands for children in need

Regional leaders are calling on dozens of local people to put up their hands for foster care, as Victoria prepares to celebrate Foster Care Week, which begins on Sunday.

The push is part of the Share Your Care foster care recruitment campaign targeting people from both the Great South Coast and Wimmera regions.

Former Victorian Premier and carer Dr Denis Napthine has put his weight behind the campaign, calling on at least 30 people to put their hand up and find out more about becoming a foster carer, in the 30 days of September.

“Every night in our region up to 400 children and young people won’t be sleeping in their own bed, while most stay with family or friends, for some foster care is the only solution,” Dr Napthine said.

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“This month we are asking at least 30 local people to seriously consider whether they can put their hands up to become foster carers,” he said.

Dr Napthine, who was a foster carer for many years, said there were numerous rewards to be gained from caring for both parties.

“I think one of the greatest things about being a foster carer is being able to share your love with somebody who genuinely needs it"

Share your Care is a multi-agency campaign to boost the number of local carers so that children and young people can stay in their own community.

Fourteen local leaders from 10 shires across Wimmera and South West have also taken on the role of Share Your Care Champions to support the regional campaign.

South West
• Jason Kanoa - Aboriginal Community
• Anita Rank - Portland and Glenelg Shire
• Andrew Jeffers and Michael Absalom – Warrnambool City Council
• Jess Fishburn - Port Fairy and Hamilton
• Jo Beard – Corangamite Shire
• Daniel Meade - Moyne Shire and the farming community

Wimmera
• Jo Clarke and Pam Branson - Aboriginal community
• Deb Nelson - Hindmarsh Shire
• Pam Clark - Horsham Rural City Council
• Kevin Erwin - Northern Grampians Shire
• Helen Mulraney-Roll - West Wimmera Shire
• Kylie Zanker - Yarriambiack Shire

To find out more about Share Your Care or how you can become a foster carer, go to www.shareyoyurcare.net.au

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