Creating a sustainable carer pool for Australia’s out-of-home care children

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Katie Hooper, CEO of Foster Care Association of Victoria Katie Hooper, CEO of Foster Care Association of Victoria

The future of Australia’s out-of-home care children is looking more promising following the Victorian government’s initiative on pumping $128 million into the out-of-home care services.  To create a sustainable carer pool remains a challenge for those working towards a better living environment for these children. Katie Hooper, CEO of Foster Care Association of Victoria shares with us her views on the current foster care system and what we can do to improve it.

The Foster Care Association Victoria recently expressed that foster care will disappear within the next three years unless changes are made.  What do you think are the main reasons causing carers to leave the system?

Katie: For many years foster households have effectively cared for children that cannot live safely with their families. However over the past five years, the carer pool has shrunk due to an…

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