This year Foster and Kinship Care Week will run from 12 to 18 of September.
This year’s theme is Caring through COVID.
Over the past 12 months, our carers have shown true resilience and commitment through the support they have provided to the children and young people in their care.
These past 12 months haven’t been easy. Our carers have managed the unique challenges that came with the pandemic – we saw a number of health challenges, school closures and everchanging restrictions and social distancing rules.
Structure and routines are essential for young people, and the increase in restrictions and school closures over the past 12 months, has had a negative impact upon the everyday routine.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Often our young people receive support from caseworkers, support services, specialists, therapists, school teachers, school support staff, counsellors, their families and siblings, respite carers, coaches, friends and mentors.
During COVID our carers had to play all of these roles, while managing their own health needs and those of the children, social and emotional health, home-schooling, maintaining contact with friends and family, and community support services while following government restrictions.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our carers for their resilience while caring through COVID. The past year was a demanding time, especially for young people and children. You have demonstrated courage and have been steadfast in ensuring the safety of the children in your care.
We cannot thank you enough, for the work that you do and for the difference you are making.
From all of the Pathfinders family, thank you.