Give a child a hand to hold
For most kids, home is a place that provides them with a safe and loving environment in which to grow but for around 10,000 kids in NSW, home is anything but safe and they are urgently in need of a foster home.
The Northern Rivers has the states largest number of children in out-of-home care, yet foster families are becoming harder to find.
There are many ways to help children and families, but none more direct than opening your heart and your home to a child who has experienced difficulties, said Lisa Gardiner from CASPA. Every member of a foster family learns and grows through the experience of caring for a foster child. Helping a child to heal, then grow and learn, can be one of lifes most rewarding experiences.
CASPA is a Lismore-based charity (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation) and knows of many children and teenagers who are looking for a special family or person to be there for them.
Right now they are hoping to find a family for a 13-year-old boy named Richard. He is intelligent and loves computers, reading and lively conversation. He loves cooking but like most other teenagers is not so keen on cleaning up afterwards, but does his best. He would prefer to be in a family where he is either the youngest or the only child.
One CASPA foster child summed up how many kids feel when he said, I want someone to see who I can really be, not how I behave.
If you think you have what Richard needs or are willing to share your home with another foster child call Kathy Klem at CASPA on 6621 5446.