26 September 2023

Tributes paid to State’s care champions

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The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs has used Foster and Kinship Carer Week to thank the more than 5,900 foster and kinship carers across the State.

Minister for Children, Leanne Linard said the carers provided a loving and stable environment for some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children and young people.

“Carers provide a place for children who can no longer live safely at home with their own families,” Ms Linard said.

“Without them, our response to some of the State’s most vulnerable children and young people would simply not be possible.”

She said it was “only right we take the opportunity to recognise these everyday heroes and their extraordinary efforts in opening their hearts and homes”.

“Carers are dedicated and passionate and make a positive impact on children in need of support,” the Minister said.

Ms Linard said it was wonderful to see that for the past 12 months (as at 30 September 2021) more than 1,580 carer families had stepped up to become carers for the first time.

“This is a great result and we would encourage anyone considering foster care to come forward and find out more about what it involves,” she said.

Ms Linard said the Department had planned a range of activities as part of Foster and Kinship Carer Week to thank and recognise the contribution of carers.

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