A LEADING child protection charity is challenging stereotypes and misconceptions about foster carers in a new inclusive and integrated campaign.

Acknowledging that people often think they won’t be accepted or that they don’t fit the mould, Barnardos Australia is aiming to debunk myths people have about foster carers with a new campaign featuring a same-sex couple, as well as a younger alternative couple with tattoos, dyed hair and piercings, a couple in motorcycle leathers, as well as an older couple and a single person.

The charity identified the most common reasons why potential carers counted themselves out and urged people to count themselves in instead.

“It’s important to us that people understand that it’s not about what you look like, your age or your marital status. Foster caring is about having the right qualities to be able to provide a safe and stable home to a child in crisis,” chief executive Louise Voigt said.

“We need a wide range of different sorts of carers for different sorts of children. We need carers from different ethnic backgrounds, single carers, married carers, partnered carers, gay carers, older carers who have valuable experience as well as younger carers who are very committed.

“I urge anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer to talk to us, I’m sure we can use your skills.”

The campaign is currently being rolled out, and the charity has also launched a supporting website and will release new videos each week featuring interviews with real foster carers. Watch the videos here.

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