Thank you for joining the kinship and foster carers of the ACT and for taking on such an important role in our community.
Being a carer can be overwhelming at times, trying to navigate through a child’s trauma, attachment and cultural and identity issues, but it is also very rewarding in a special way that only a carer can understand.
As carers, we are dealt the short-end of the stick when it comes to the child and have to rebuild a traumatised human being that is challenging to say the least, but, when you have this person look at you with absolute gratitude for what you have done for them no words can express the feeling.
One person cannot do this job alone, and nor are they expected to, which is why we all must have strong supports around us that can include friends, family, workers, services, directorates and even pets to hold us up and help when needed, after all, carers are only human themselves and true to the saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, we need the community’s help to help our children.
This handbook has been developed to help guide you on being a carer and is filled with lots of useful information, tips, facts and advice.
So from one carer to another, stay strong, ask questions, ask for help when you need it, understand a traumatised child is very different to a non-traumatised child and enjoy the journey.
Carer Wellbeing Sub-committee member
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