By Hope 103.2Thursday 13 Aug 2020
Right now in Western Sydney there are thousands of young people who are unable to live with their own families – and welfare agencies have put out an urgent call for foster carers to step up and make a difference.
It’s not surprising, given the many pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic that have added even more strain to families that were already struggling.
Brittni Davis, a youth and families co-ordinator in Blacktown for MacKillop Family Services, said the reasons young people become homeless are varied, and the need for caring, supportive adults around them is immense.
“Young people can become homeless for many reasons,” she said. “It may be because of a family relationship breakdown or conflict with their parents. They find themselves without any support and sadly, becoming homeless is often the start of a spiral that impacts their mental health wellbeing and makes it very hard to get their lives back on track.”
“Becoming homeless is often the start of a spiral that impacts their mental health wellbeing and makes it very hard to get their lives back on track.”
Mackillop Family Services are currently in need of live-in foster carers, either individuals or couples, to work with MacKillop’s Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP). These foster carers would live with up to three young people aged 12 to 15, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, providing a safe and nurturing environment, in a house provided by Mackillop.
Under the HYAP program, carers also work alongside a case worker, a youth worker and therapeutic specialists, helping young people towards either reconnecting with their family, or moving towards independent living.
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