Northern Beaches


Have you ever thought about becoming a Burdekin Foster Carer?

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster carer?

Being a Carer with The Burdekin Association is different from the traditional foster care programs.

We are a community-based non-profit organisation offering foster care to young people in need. Fostering can be undertaken in many ways, in your own home or a rent-free Burdekin property for you and the young person. Singles, couples and families are ALL welcome!  

Are you ready?

Do you want to take the next step and make a difference to a child’s life?  For more information, call one of our carer support staff on 02 8976 1777 or email carer@burdekin.org.au.

Check out what Burdekin Foster Carers and young people in care have to say.

Have a listen to what Beth and Ange have to say about being Foster Carers with Burdekin. Beth and Ange.

Have a listen to what a difference having a caring home made to CJ. CJ

Have a listen to what being Foster Carers has meant to Jill and Tom. Jill and Tom.

Please visit our Carer pages to find out more – Becoming a Foster Carer and Live-in Foster Carer FAQ’s.

Learn more about being a foster carer, hear real stories about what it is like to be a foster carer with us

At The Burdekin Association we know many teenagers are in need of a safe, secure, nurturing home and that many people won’t consider fostering teenagers because of negative misconceptions about them.  

Fostering a teenager provides young people with a consistent, nurturing, adult role model at a vital time in their life, allowing them to build up necessary steps to independence.

You do not need to have had your own teenagers or have had experience with teenagers. What you do need to have is an open heart to support young people who need to be loved and protected.

Keeping siblings together in foster care is vital to keep their close bond and connection rather than being split up. Burdekin currently have young teenage siblings who urgently need carers available to offer them a safe and nurturing home. 

Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer?

Lisa* is a kind, thoughtful 11-year-old girl with loads of energy, looking for a loving home in the Inner West of Sydney. Lisa loves gymnastics, dancing and has recently shown a lot of interest in AFL. Lisa will be making the transition to high school next year and may need help getting to and from her new school. Lisa loves school but sometimes needs some support with her homework. She loves structure and routine and goes to bed at the same time every night.  Lisa is an amazing chef – her favourite things to make are smoothies and cupcakes.
*Image and name has been changed to protect child’s identity.

Foster carers needed Inner West, Northern Sydney, Eastern Suburbs and South East Sydney - can you help?

Ricky* is a caring, funny, smart 12-year-old boy who is full of energy and is hoping for a warm and loving home in the Inner West of Sydney. Ricky* absolutely loves NRL and has recently taken a huge interest in his fitness – going to the local park for running and circuit training. He has recently learnt to follow recipes and cooks up a storm. Ricky* takes so much pride in his bedroom. Ricky* enjoys school and sometimes will need some support with his assignments. Ricky* responds positively to a structured but fun environment.
*Image and name have been changed to protect child’s identity.

We are looking for individuals from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, who are single or in a relationship – all are welcome and encouraged to become foster carers.

Don’t forget, if you would like more information call one of our carer support staff on 02 8976 1777, email carer@burdekin.org.au or visit our website to find out more – Becoming a Foster Carer and Live-in Foster Carer FAQ’s.

Tibetan community honours Burdekin’s work

You may not know this but the Northern Beaches is home to one of the largest Tibetan communities in Australia. We are very proud to have strong connections to this community reaching back many years.

Recently two of our staff members, Shonette D’Cunha, Head of Client Services and Warren Welsh, Youth Housing Team and Environmental Officer, were guests of the President of the NSW Tibetan Community, Mr Nigan Gotsang.

Warren was officially acknowledged for his long term support of Tibetan youth and received a framed award. Our organisation also received an award for its approach to working with young people. What a wonderful acknowledgement.

Burdekin received awards for generous contribution and support for Tibetan Youth
Left to right – Warren Welsh, Tenzin Rabsel and Shonette D’Cunha

A huge thank you to one of our young tenants, Tenzin Rabsel, for the nomination. The awards acknowledge and recognise what the Tibetan community consider to be Warren’s and Burdekin’s generous contribution and support of Tibetan youth. We are so grateful for the recognition and love working with this wonderful community.

The home cooked traditional Tibetan biscuit snacks were magnificent as was our tea with yak butter, it was a special and uplifting evening.

Tibetans on the Northern Beaches, Australia

If you would like more information about the Tibetan community in Australia and in particular, Tibetans in the Northern Beaches, check out Community Northern Beaches‘ research project from 2019: A Journey From Tibet to Australia supported by the Northern Beaches Council, Settlement Services International’s Innovation Fund, and Macquarie University.

The Department of Health’s Northern Sydney Local Health District accounted for 1,300 Tibetans assisted through their services to July 2019, most of them residing in the Northern Beaches. Similarly, the Tibetan Community of Australia, Sydney, estimated 1,300 to 1,500 Tibetans residing in the Northern Beaches, a figure that matches information obtained from Community Northern Beaches Multicultural and Settlement Services, which registers an increase from 17 Tibetans in 1994 to between 1,300 and 1,500 in 2019.

Tibetan Community Award President of the NSW Tibetan Community Mr Nigan Gotsang, Warren Welsh and Tenzin Rabsel

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