Focus onto carers

CARE WEEK: Sonia and Tony Ford with grandson Tyrell Nemeth-Ford.

CARE WEEK: Sonia and Tony Ford with grandson Tyrell Nemeth-Ford.

Foster and kinship care is being acknowledged this week with the Department for Child Protection hosting a number of regional events to recognise carers for children unable to live with their parents.

The official care week is held from September 8-14, with the main Port Lincoln event to be held on Monday September 23 at Boston Bay Wines with 70 foster and kinship carers expected to attend.

Owners Sonia and Tony Ford are kinship carers for their grandson, Tyrell.

"We've looked after Tyrell for about seven years, we're his kinship carers," Mrs Ford said.

Mrs Ford said the department had given them lots of support when they began caring for their grandson, and the community around them was also supportive.

"It might seem like something you have to shoulder entirely on your own...but there is a lot more support in the community than what people realise when becoming a carer," she said.

Mrs Ford said foster and kinship care week could help people to realise the amount of support within the community if becoming a carer.

"It will help to reassure people if facing the possibility of being a carer, there is a lot more support available than you might first perceive," she said.

"The outcome for Tyrell is he has been given the opportunity to be in a nurturing family environment...and can grow up healthy and happy."

Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson thanked carers for their hard work and said she wanted more people to consider foster caring.

For more information about becoming a foster carer, call 1300 2 FOSTER or visit childprotection.sa.gov.au/children-care/foster-care.

"I would like to say a big thank you to South Australia's foster and kinship carers across South Australia, including our regions, who open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable children," said Ms Sanderson.

"Increasing the number of children and young people living in safe, stable, secure and loving homes is our continued aim."