Berry Street looks after thousands of Victorian children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs who:
Increasing substance use, family violence, child abuse and neglect means that a growing number of Victorian children are suffering terribly. Foster Care is urgently needed for many Victorian children who cannot live safely at home.
Foster carers come from a range of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Each child who enters foster care is different and unique and, therefore, it takes a variety of people with special qualities to meet the needs of children in care. You can make a difference in a child’s life by offering a stable and secure environment, enabling him or her to grow and mature into a unique and aspiring young adult.
is inclusive and takes a strong stance against discrimination
welcomes carers from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences - married, single, or same-sex couples, with or without children, divorced or defacto
provides financial remuneration and 24 hour support from our professional support teams
has offices based across Victoria and provides support every step
of the way
provides ongoing training, access to support programs and best practice based on international research
Our Southeast Regional Director Meaghan Holden speaks with JOY949 about how the GLBTIQ community have helped care for some of Victoria's most vulnerable children in this JOY949 podcast.
Berry Street (VIC) and The Benevolent Society (NSW) have come together to examine the experience, concerns and needs of foster carers in NSW and Victoria who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender (GLBTI). Berry Street and The Benevolent Society have a strong commitment to all our carers and, in particular, strive to develop supportive, inclusive and non-discriminatory environments.
We're written a survey for GLBTI foster carers – either past or present or those providing permanent care - that asks a range of questions about your experience of recruitment, induction, training and support by foster care organisations. Its purpose is to help our foster care programs improve the way we do these things so your needs and those of future GLBTI carers are better met.
We invite you to share your valuable experience and thoughts by filling out this survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and all information you provide will be anonymous - no one will identify you with your responses and we will report the responses as group data. The final report will be made available to other organisations to assist them to examine their processes and the support they offer to GLBTI foster carers also.
We are also inviting anyone who completes the survey to participate in a further phone interview. This is not compulsory; however, if you would like to participate then we ask you to provide your contact details in the survey.
If you have any questions about the survey please don’t hesitate to email the following people:
Please complete the survey.
Come along to one of our information sessions to hear from carers and professionals from our foster care program.
Register your interest now or call Christine on 03 9429 9266.
Making a world of difference
You're not in it alone
Fostering with pride
Berry Street is looking for people like you who can provide emergency, respite, short or long term care for vulnerable children and young people. If you have room in your heart and home for a young person then we want to speak with you - register your interest now!