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Foster carers needed

By Morgan Dyer

With Shepparton children among the most vulnerable in Australia, Berry Street is calling on more people to put their hands up and become foster carers.

There are just 39 foster carers across the Hume region, which is concerning as Australia Institute of Health and Welfare found 42 per cent of children in out-of-home care lived in inner and outer regional areas.

Furthermore, a similar report from the AIHW revealed children in remote and very remote areas combined were twice as likely to be in care as those in major cities.

Established in 1877 Berry Street is one of Australia’s largest child and family services organisations, which works with children, young people and families who have suffered harm as a result of violence, abuse and neglect.

Shepparton Berry Street child and family services senior manager Sharelle Davidson said the organisation was always looking for the right people to help care for children who could live at home safely.

“People with experience working with children or in community services, such as teachers, disability workers and aged-care workers, make excellent carers, as do many others,” Ms Davidson said said.

The Child Protection Inquiry also found rural and regional areas tended to have less access to services that assisted vulnerable families.

People become a foster carer for a variety of reasons, however, anyone over 21 who has a love for helping children can become a foster carer.

Children needing care varies from day to day with children exiting and entering care because of planned exits and court outcomes.

● If you would like to become a foster carer or know someone who would like to, phone Berry Street Hume region's office on (03) 5822 8100 or to find out more, visit www.berrystreet.org.au

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