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Open letter of appreciation to Queensland Foster and Kinship Carers, 2014

by PeakCare Qld on 5th March 2015

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Dear Foster and Kinship Carers

Thank you! Sincerely and wholeheartedly, Queensland thanks you!

We thank you and those Foster and Kinship Carers who have gone before you, for finding room – room in your homes, in your lives and in your hearts – to care for many thousands of Queensland children and young people.

In extending to you our deepest appreciation, we know that Foster and Kinship Carers are generally not the type of people who seek public accolades and praise. What you do, you do for the children and young people in your care. That makes you all the more worthy of our respect and acknowledgement.

We, the signatories to this letter, represent a wide cross-section of our diverse community – we include politicians, public servants, corporate leaders and business owners, entertainers, sportsmen and women, managers and staff of organisations involved in providing foster and kinship care and other human services, representatives of a wide range of industries, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and respected community members, leaders and members of other culturally and linguistically diverse groups, academics and students, worshippers and followers of faith-based organisations, the young and the old and all ages in between. Whatever differences may exist in our backgrounds and beliefs, it is a testament to you, the Foster and Kinship Carers of Queensland, that we have come together to say in a united voice that you are highly valued, enormously respected and admired members of our community.

To the Foster Carers of Queensland, we say thank you for the unconditional care and safe haven that you provide for children and young people. We thank you for your patience and perseverance in always standing by these children and young people and your willingness to often look beyond their behaviour to clearly see the pain, confusion and fears that lurk beneath. We thank you for your compassion and the support you provide in assisting many children and young people to safely reunify with their families and where this is not possible, for the ongoing care that you give to them.

To the Kinship Carers of Queensland - the grandparents, extended family members, kin and other significant persons in the lives of many children and young people - we thank you for capably stepping into the role of becoming their carers. We understand that for many of you, this was not something you had envisaged for your lives. Thank you for so often putting aside your own plans for the future and holding the best interests of the children and young people in your care first and foremost in your thoughts and actions.

To the Kinship Carers of Queensland - the grandparents, extended family members, kin and other significant persons in the lives of many children and young people - we thank you for capably stepping into the role of becoming their carers. We understand that for many of you, this was not something you had envisaged for your lives. Thank you for so often putting aside your own plans for the future and holding the best interests of the children and young people in your care first and foremost in your thoughts and actions.

To the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers of Queensland, we thank you for the special role you play in keeping the children and young people in your care strongly connected to their families, communities and cultures. We know that the destructive legacy of past policies and practices that led to the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities continues to weigh heavily on many of you. Thank you for the critical role you play in assisting the healing and recovery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children from these traumatic events of the past and being able to look forward to a better future.

To the Carers who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, thank you for ensuring that the children and young people in your care remain able to participate in and enjoy the beliefs and practices of their own cultures. Thanking you for supporting these children and young people in contributing to the rich cultural diversity of the Queensland community.

To all Foster and Kinship Carers, we also ask that you pass on our thanks to the members of your families – your children in particular – for so generously sharing you with the children and young people who enter your care.

We trust, during your celebration of Foster and Kinship Carer Week this year, that the words contained within this letter, will in their own small way add to your sense of pride and accomplishment as valued and cherished citizens of Queensland. You are far too often our un-sung heroes, but for this week, please listen to our words as we resoundingly say in a combined and united voice, “Thank you! On behalf of Queensland, thank you!”

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