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Foster care – questions and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  19 September 2019

Read Opening your home to children in need in the Spring edition of Australian Catholics and take part in the questions and activities.

Questions

  • What is the role of a foster carer?
    Who can be a foster carer?
  • Why did Anna Geary decide to foster?
  • How did she go about it?
  • Does she value her work as a foster carer?

Activities

Choose to:

  1. Write a factual report on foster care – what it involves, who can be a foster carer, state contacts, possible problems and solutions; or
  2. Write an essay about foster caring, either from the view of the carer or the child. What are your feelings? How do you make a child welcome? Or, if you’re being fostered, what is that you need or want from a carer?
  3. Research one of the Catholic organisations offering foster care services. What are the different types of foster care? How do people go about becoming a foster carer? Why is this an area of need in Australia.
  4. There is a shortage of available foster carers in many parts of Australia. Develop a resource to encourage people to become foster carers in your community, outlining why it's an important service.

For younger students

Read or summarise Opening your home to children in need in the Spring edition of Australian Catholics and discuss with your students how families may look different.

We are Fam-I-Ly

This exercise is to reinforce the joy we receive and give as members of God’s family.

  1. Invite the children to join you by standing in a circle. Ask them to join hands and hold their hands up as they practise chanting together: We are fam-i-ly! All God’s happy children are we!
  2. Review some of the things the children do as members of one family in Jesus. (E.g. help a friend with sports practice or homework; collecting for charity; baking for a cake sale; welcome new classmates; pray together.)
  3. Call on volunteers to step into the circle and offer a suggestion of something a caring family member does.
  4. Instruct the children to raise their hands and chant after each response. Continue until all those who wish to do so have had a turn.
  5. Conclude by reminding the children to share their chant and their happiness with their families at home.

 

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