A Better Life for Foster Kids is a Gippsland-based charity that supports children and carers in the out-of-home-care system.
We provide essential items that children need when they are entering a new placement and give on-going support to children and their foster or kinship carers. Our free services include:
The majority of children enter out-of-home-care with just the clothes they are wearing. Our Crisis Cases are wheeled suitcases which provide children of all ages with approximately 30 items of clothing along with toiletries, hand-made dolls, and activity books especially written for children entering care.
Furniture and Equipment Supply
Foster and kinship carers often do not have the financial resources to purchase items needed for a new placement. A Better Life for Foster Kids has a storage shed of donated items, such as bedding, prams and changing tables, which we loan to foster or kinship carers in the Gippsland region.
Housing Transition Packages
We provide housing transition packages for young adults who are moving out of care, families who have experienced domestic violence, and families who are being reunified with children. With the help of our wonderful team of volunteers, we fully furnish and stock a house so that a young person or family has the best possible start to their new life.
Advocacy and Support for Carers
Foster and kinship carers work tirelessly to care for our country’s most vulnerable children, often with inadequate financial or emotional support. We offer advice or referrals to carers to help them access available support and organise regular ‘carer catchups’ in the Gippsland region.
Our founder, Heather Baird, grew up in foster care and regularly speaks to groups and organisations to raise awareness of the issues facing children and carers in the care system. Please contact us to organise a speaking event.