Carers give a lot of themselves to care for a child. Whilst it brings lots of rewards, it can be demanding and challenging.
Challenges may include:
- Feeling unprepared to deal with a child’s complex needs
- Feeling unsupported, isolated
- Dealing with a crisis i.e. the death of a child’s parent or family member
- Having to work with government and community agencies
- The complex relationship with the child’s biological parents
Important for your overall health
Seeking support or asking for help is important for your overall health. It will also set a good example for the children in your care by showing them that it is okay to ask for help. Having a strong support network, both formal and informal is important.
Thinking about the level and type of support you would like can be a good idea. You could keep a contact list of supports that already exist in your life and supports that you may want/need.
What are some of my local supports?
Community carer support groups
Carer support organizations
Foster and kinship care support lines
After hours crisis support
Family, friends and neighbours
The child’s community and family
Your GP, Counsellor, Psychologist
Foster care support organizations
Foster family counselling
Playgroups, teachers, child care workers
Centrelink social worker
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Welfare Service