Hearts, homes needed for our vulnerable kids
WE CAN only grow strong, positive young people from our child protection system with the help and guidance of committed people who open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable children.
Our carers know the kids who come into their care may stay only briefly.
But there's nothing temporary about the love, dedication and stability carers give to vulnerable children when it's needed the most.
While being a foster or kinship carer isn't easy, it's an essential part of the system that protects our children.
The greatest concern carers have is that they are not being heard.
They want to be valued and, most importantly, viewed as part of the overall care team for children who cannot live at home due to abuse and neglect.
Instead of simply listening to carers, Labor's embattled Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman recently spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on "Partners In Care" workshops in the seven departmental regions.
Some of these workshops were poorly attended.
I understand the report highlighting the outcomes of these workshops paints a very grim picture of foster carers' satisfaction.
Unfortunately, like every other damning report into this failed minister and government, I have no doubt Labor will try to gloss over this document, or outright bury it.
Ros Bates MP
LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety