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Consider Becoming a Carer for a Child in Need of a Home

Veritas House is urgently looking for carers who are able to open their homes and hearts to assist children in need of a secure, safe and supportive home environment. Children in care sometimes have difficulties with behaviours and navigating their relationships and emotions, and need to have a sense of security. By providing a place to live with a nurturing environment, you can help these children and young people to feel comfortable and supported so they can grow and develop in a happy and healthy way.

Rebecca Needs a Supportive Home

If you would like to apply to become a Foster Carer for Rebecca, or simply want more information on becoming a Foster Carer with Veritas House, we would love to hear from you. Click the button to fill out your details in the form provided and a member of our CART team will be in touch as soon as possibleAlternatively you can speak to our Foster Carer Recruitment Officer on 1300 01 1973.

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Children in care sometimes have difficulties with managing their behaviours and navigating their relationships and emotions.  They need to have a sense of a secure base.  This is particularly important for Rebecca* who can struggle with forming healthy peer relationships tends to gravitate towards children with behavioural or home issues and often takes on a parental role of responsibility which then causes her anxiety and stress and needs guidance to navigate these stressors and a lot of modelling of healthy relationships.

While Rebecca has no formal diagnoses, she may well have developmental trauma and PTSD.  When Rebecca does not feel safe and secure, she can become very dysregulated and may behave in a way a much younger child might.

Rebecca is affectionate and can display physical clinginess and needs regular reassurance and comfort. She can also become withdrawn at times, such as after contact with her mother which occurs over the phone once per week.

Rebecca appears to lack protective behaviours and will easily “attach” to new people. Rebecca will benefit from learning from her carers about boundaries and safety. Structure and routine will assist with this as well as clear expectations from her carers and building trust over time.

What kind of Carers does Rebecca need?

  • Carers with the ability to understand Rebecca’s needs, and how they relate to the behaviours we observe – and in return, how to respond appropriately;
  • Carers with the ability to help Rebecca regulate her emotions via co-regulation;
  • Carers with the ability to help Rebecca with living skills by working alongside her through challenges, like dressing herself, personal hygiene, routine and structure;
  • Carers with the ability to attend appointment alongside Rebecca and a willingness to fully understand her needs;
  • Carers with the capacity to provide a sense of stability and permanency;
  • Carers with a sound understanding of the impact of trauma and neglect, a willingness to learn more about this and to be creative.
  • Carers who are willing to support birth family visits so that Rebecca can maintain a sense of identity, culture and connection to family.
  • Carers who are prepared foster engagement with a multidisciplinary team of specialist Clinicians, Caseworkers, Carer Support Practitioners and maintain an effective working relationship with Veritas Staff.

*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy

Dakota is Looking for a Secure Connection

If you would like to apply to become a Foster Carer for Dakota, or simply want more information on becoming a Foster Carer with Veritas House, we would love to hear from you. Click the button to fill out your details in the form provided and a member of our CART team will be in touch as soon as possibleAlternatively you can speak to our Foster Carer Recruitment Officer on 1300 01 1973.

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Children in care sometimes have difficulties with managing their behaviours and navigating their relationships and emotions.  They need to have a sense of a secure base.  This is particularly important for Dakota* who can struggle with forming healthy peer relationships tends to gravitate towards children with behavioural or home issues and often takes on a parental role of responsibility which then causes her anxiety and stress and needs guidance to navigate these stressors and a lot of modelling of healthy relationships.

Dakota is a bubbly, outgoing 9 year old young lady with a lot of energy. She does well at physical activities including bike riding, scootering, swimming, jumping (trampoline), walking and playing at parks. She also enjoys art and crafts. She likes designing fashion and has recently shown an interest in learning to sew. She is interested in creative writing, compiling her own book of stories she has written, and her current carers are currently encouraging her to begin a journal.

Dakota has formal diagnoses including ADHD and Developmental PTSD. There are a number of strategies already in place to assist Dakota and her carers including Occupational Therapy and Psychological support. Dakota had struggled to meet her academic goals but with interventions including medication, OT and talking therapy she is now exactly where she should be for her age.

Dakota responds well to routines and boundaries. She likes calendars outlining dates and times for activities and holidays etc. She also has written and pictorial prompts in her room to help her with everyday routines (getting ready in the morning and evening).  Birth family contact is very important to Dakota and her current cares have actively supported this important enduring connection. She requires prompting to ensure she remembers personal hygiene such as brushing teeth and hair.  Dakota requires supervision when around animals.

Dakota does have high anxiety and at times tends to try to take “control” of the situation and at times will try to “parent” others.  She can try to direct or cajole younger children into whatever play she wishes and can become overbearing.  It is important that Dakota’s placement does not have younger children to enable her to just be a kid.

What kind of Carers does Dakota need?

  • Carers with the ability to understand Dakota needs, and how they relate to the behaviours we observe – and in return, how to respond appropriately;
  • Carers with the ability to help Dakota regulate her emotions via co-regulation;
  • Carers with the ability to help Dakota with living skills by working alongside her through challenges, like dressing herself, personal hygiene, routine and structure;
  • Carers with the ability to attend appointment alongside Dakota and a willingness to fully understand her needs;
  • Carers with the capacity to provide a sense of stability and permanency;
  • Carers with a sound understanding of the impact of trauma and neglect, a willingness to learn more about this and to be creative.
  • Carers who are willing to support birth family visits so that Dakota can maintain a sense of identity, culture and connection to family.
  • Carers who are prepared foster engagement with a multidisciplinary team of specialist Clinicians, Caseworkers, Carer Support Practitioners and maintain an effective working relationship with Veritas Staff and her current carers.

*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy