In September Pathfinders foster care team hosted a Family Fun Day at Tilbuster Station in Armidale to celebrate Foster and Kinship Care Week 2022.
The day was an opportunity to celebrate and to say thank you to our foster carers for the great work that they do each and every day.
Our carers have managed the unique challenges that came with the pandemic – we saw a number of health challenges, school closures and ever-changing restrictions and social distancing rules.
Structure and routines are essential for young people, and the increase in restrictions and school closures over the previous 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 once again 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.
To thank our foster carers for the work they are doing, a new feature plaque was unveiled and dedicated to our carers for their Care, Commitment and Support that they provide to children in their care.
Our foster care families and staff spent the morning participating in a range of activities including planting flower in the new garden bed at the base of the new plaque. The garden has been growing well in the warmer weather, and it is nice to be able to share with you that the garden is now starting to bloom.