Lee Evans Member for Heathcote today called on people from the Heathcote Electorate to consider opening up their hearts and homes by becoming a foster carer as part of Families Week.

Mr Evans said “Foster carers are saints – they offer a stable and loving home for children and young people who cannot live safely at home.

“We need more people to open their hearts and their homes for children and young people who are in need,” Mr Evans said.

“Carers can come from all walks of life – you can be single, married, gay or straight, with or without children, rent or own your home and be from any religious or cultural background.

“Carers who want to consider offering a child a home for life are also encouraged to consider fostering a child with a view to open adoption.”

In March, the New South Wales Parliament passed new laws making it easier for vulnerable children to be adopted.

Minister for Family and Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, encouraged those who may be thinking about becoming a foster carer to visit the Fostering NSW website – www.fosteringnsw.com.au – or to call the hotline 1800 2 FOSTER.

“We know that becoming a foster carer is something that people consider over a long period before making such a significant commitment,” Ms Upton said.

“That’s why we want people to know there are resources out there to not only inform their decision, but also to offer them guidance and support once they have taken on this important role.

“Children in your communities need your love and support. Fostering is both rewarding and challenging and I encourage you to consider fostering a child to foster a positive future for our most vulnerable children.”

Checks are required as part of the process of applying to become a foster carer. The welfare of children and their placement in a safe and positive home is paramount.