CASPA programs and development general manager Naarah Rodwell placed 17 residential care kids and teens into the Adopt a Family campaign. Some of their artworks are featured in the background.
CASPA programs and development general manager Naarah Rodwell placed 17 residential care kids and teens into the Adopt a Family campaign. Some of their artworks are featured in the background. Photo: Cathryn McLauchlan

One week to go to adopt a family this Christmas

THE Northern Rivers community has shown their generosity with over 90 families already adopted in our Christmas campaign.

However there's still a week to go and a number of kids, teens and families waiting for "adoption".

Every year the Northern Star runs the Adopt a Family campaign to help families and individuals in financial hardship or social dislocation.

Essentially you pick a family from a list and buy them a gift or non-perishable food item.

Lismore-based child and adolescent care organisation CASPA placed 17 residential care kids and teens into the list.

Unlike foster care, a child in residential care requires 24/7 supervision from specialised staff.

It means they don't have family support from one or two constant parents or foster carers.

CASPA programs and development general manager Naarah Rodwell said the kids were excited about getting a Christmas gift.

"It makes them feel valued, it means in their world of residential care they feel like they belong to something because there's people in the community who cares about them," Ms Rodwell said.

"For kids in residential care it's particularly hard because on Christmas Day ... they have a revolving door of caregivers rather than just one or two constant like in a family-based placement.

"For kids in residential care they generally have come from a significant background of trauma ... Christmas is where kids in out of home care tend to be really triggered because it's all about family and being together."

To adopt one of CASPA's kids or teens call 6627 3700.

Some of the other organisations in need of support through the Adopt a Family campaign include Northern Rivers Gateway, Challenge Children's Service and Wesley Mission.

The Adopt a Family campaign ends next Friday at 5pm.



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