Foster care: A better chance at life for brothers

Sharon Lane is a foster carer for two boys and she also works for Child and Adolescent Specialist Program and Accommodation (CASPA) as a House Leader.
Sharon Lane is a foster carer for two boys and she also works for Child and Adolescent Specialist Program and Accommodation (CASPA) as a House Leader. Marc Stapelberg

FOR Sharon Lane, who has four children of her own, the decision to foster two young brothers was a no brainer, and welcomed them into the family.

Mrs Lane said they had been fostering the five and six-year-old brothers for 19 months and were looking at long term care which would see the boys effectively under their guardianship.

Long term foster care

The Lane family had participated in respite care previously but had always envisioned participating in long term foster care.

"It is just about helping and giving them a chance at a better life," she said.

"There are so many kids out there that are disadvantaged and that come from trauma backgrounds.

"Our life is pretty good and we want to share that.

"They've changed a lot since they have come into our care, but they are really just part of the family."

Intensive training

Mrs Lane said that foster carers received intensive training and they were well versed in the latest trauma dealing techniques to help children make that transition.

She said there was an amazing group of people working in foster care that were dedicated to improving disadvantaged children's lives.

Foster Care Week

It comes as Foster Care Week, which runs September 11-17, honours foster carers in our community with the overarching theme; 'Be Part of an Amazing Journey, Foster a Child's Future'.

ACWA is looking to recruit new foster carers over the coming year to help cope with the rising number of children entering out-of-home care.

It is estimated that 660 new foster carers are needed over the next 12 months in NSW - across all types of care: emergency, respite and short term carers.

Diverse group

Foster carers are a diverse group, ranging from traditional families to single people, empty nesters, caring professionals and same sex couples. There is also a huge need for Aboriginal carers.

With almost 20,000 children and young people in NSW unable to live at home, more carers are always needed.

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