COMMUNITY forums in the Riverland will highlight the need for more people to open their hearts and homes to children and young people as foster carers.
ac.care will host the Supporting Vulnerable Children in Our Community forums on August 19 in Berri and Renmark.
“There are sadly not enough foster carers in the Riverland to provide safe homes and positive relationships for the growing number of young people who are unable to live with their biological parents due to no fault of their own,” ac.care Riverland foster care manager Tenille Chartres said.
“This is a significant social issue for our community and we hope this forum allows people to learn more about the local situation and the inspiring difference foster carers can make in young lives.”
A key element of the event will be the premiere of short films specially produced for the events featuring foster carers from the region sharing their caring journey.
The inspiring carers will also answer questions from the audiences following the screenings, where ac.care staff and other guests involved in the child protection sector will also share information and answer questions.
“Although there are many challenges in our work to provide opportunities for young people to thrive, we are lucky at ac.care to work with amazing foster carers who truly transform the lives of vulnerable young people,” Ms Chartres said.
“We look forward to sharing some of these many positive stories with the audience to show the value of foster care for not only the young people involved, but also the carers, who often find new meaning and purpose in their lives by opening their hearts and homes to young people.”
Ms Chartres urged people to attend the forums at the Vines Community Church at 1 Jellett Road in Berri from noon and the Chaffey Community Centre at 86, 19th Street in Renmark from 6pm on August 19 to learn more about the needs of young people in the region.
Bookings are required for COVID-19 tracing purposes and can be made by visiting Foster Care Forums – ac.care (accare.org.au)

COMMUNITY ISSUE: ac.care Riverland foster care manager Tenille Chartres is urging Murraylands community members to register online for foster care forums to be held in Renmark and Berri on August 19.

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Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

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Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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