Foster carers talk about foster care
"We felt that we had a lot to offer. We had the room for children and wanted to do something to help kids who are in need."
"We wanted to be able to give children somewhere to come on the weekends where they could enjoy themselves. And we also wanted to feel needed and that we weren’t “past it”.
What has fostering given me?
"Love of the children and the feeling that we are doing something special."
"My husband and I are seniors so, by providing weekend short breaks, we feel that we can offer a 'grandparent experience' to kids in care. And it makes us feel that we have something important to contribute."
What was the impact on my family?
"Even though it has been hard for them to accept new children in the household initially, a lot of communication has helped us to grow as a family. Our own children have learned to be very compassionate towards others."
"My husband and I love having the children on weekends and we know that we are providing respite for the primary carers."
What is it like when children move on?
"We love reunification – love having the children here, helping them, and handing them back to family at the end of this... and the closure that it gives you."
"It can be really sad when children move on, and you do worry about them, but you know that you have had a good input into their lives."
How was the training and support provided by Churches of Christ Care?
"I am very happy with our support worker – we would not be doing it without the support they give us. We enjoy attending the carer support group where there is usually a short training topic."
"We are happy with our case worker. We can always phone-in between visits if there is anything we need. We really enjoy the carer events where we get to meet and talk to other carers."
What are the challenges?
"We have had some children with behavioural issues, which has been challenging. But we have had support, and training is available to help us understand what is behind the behaviour and how to deal with it."
"The biggest challenge is in gaining the trust of the young people. But with humour and kindness, they usually respond well."