Margaret Aldridge donated
2016-12-06 12:13:29 +1100
Sue Oconnor commented on Questions
2016-12-06 11:40:06 +1100
Name: Sue OConnor ,President Foster Parents Support Network inc
Phone number: 0400101807 02 69658276
This may seem like an unusual request but as a support of Foster Carers for the last 20 years and a Foster Carer myself for 26 years .The only hope carers have got is a union that protects them
For the last 8 years I have been employed by Connecting Carers NSW supporting and advocating for carers ,I have just resigned For a number of reasons ,Firstly because it is unsafe for myself as a carer ,because the privatisation as left carers wide open to bullying and threats from Non Government and Government agencies .Children being put at risk because carers are victimised for speaking out ,as such children being removed ,also lack of support For difficult and high needs kids in care,even though NGO are given the funding.
Secondly as a regional Coordinator with CCNSW I have made many changes to support carers in the past but now it seems that unless I kept the peace then funding was in jeopardy or so i was told.
The Out of Home Care is in crisis and our kids are vulnerable with more and more kids going in residential units because carers are leaving the system through fear.
I have contact with hundreds of carers who are asking for a union and I know in the UK this has started to happen.
There are over 5000 Carers in NSW along and more than 18000 children in out of home care.
We may be volunteers but we do one of the most important jobs there are and our kids need good carers ,but we need to feel safe and supported in doing this.