FOSTER children, their carers and extended families enjoyed a Christmas celebration held at the Keith Maine Centre.
There are more than 300 children and young people in care, 51 general foster carer households, and 46 family carer households in the Joondalup district, which includes foster children and carers in the Yanchep, Two Rocks and Butler areas.
A Department for Child Protection and Family Support spokeswoman said at the celebration more than 100 children in care received a present from Santa and enjoyed many activities, such as face painting, pony rides and a Bunnings DIY workshop.
The department’s acting district director Ben Whitehouse said the Christmas celebration was an opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional role foster carers played in improving the lives of vulnerable children.
“We cannot express enough gratitude to all our carers and their families for brightening the lives and futures of children in care,’’ he said.
“The annual Christmas celebration allows carers and children to come together in a fun and supportive environment.
“It also helps to find more people in the local area who can provide temporary or permanent care arrangements in a loving and nurturing home.
“We would like to thank the generosity of our key supporters national environmental management company Patriot Environmental, FutureFit Studios, Ocean Keys and Bunnings, Joondalup.
“Our partnership with these community minded organisations have allowed us to hold a special celebration that our children and carers deserve.