At CYPS and ACT Together, we acknowledge the out of home care system is reliant upon the goodwill and commitment of carers in the community – both kinship and foster – and their generous decision to provide a home for a child who cannot live with their birth parents.
In conducting our work, we are committed to providing support to all carers over the duration of their caring relationship with a child through the provision of services, advice, training and a partnership approach to case management. We are committed to working collaboratively with children, carers, parents, extended family, schools, services and all relevant parties to deliver a child-centred out of home care system.
As a kinship or foster carer, you have undertaken an incredibly important role in our community by providing a safe and nurturing environment for a child. You may have actively chosen and planned to undertake this role, or this role may have been asked of you, perhaps at short notice.
Caring for a child is rewarding, but it can also be hard work and tiring. Being a carer brings with it periods of uncertainty and pressure. Wherever possible, our goal is for children to be reunited with their birth parents and we recognise the difficult role carers have especially when strong attachments in care have been formed. CYPS and ACT Together recognise the caring role is not always easy and we thank you for your commitment to making a difference in a child’s life.
You can learn more about our commitment to carers and children, and the principles that guide the way we work in ‘Guiding legislation and policies’.
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