The first year – a carer’s perspective.

It has taken me a few days to get this up! This is something I hope you take a moment to sit and read. I think it hits the heart of so many I speak with. How people come to join the foster care community is so vast. Some are almost ‘forced’ into it through…

Stepping in. Hopes, prayers and wonderings of someone starting the journey.

With on average 3 children coming into care every day, and many foster homes at capacity, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for those who have been thinking about becoming foster parents to take the FIRST STEP.

Are you tired?

Originally posted on Our Family Grows:
I am feeling tired today. Not tired from looking after the kids or because the baby is teething, more of that ‘life tired’. Lots of little disappointments along the way to trying to achieve your goals. Once you enter the Fostering world, little disappointments are a constant companion. The…

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad.

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad. Watching my own husband grow from an unsure first time dad to comfortable and confident to be in a house full of noisy children of varying forms of ‘ours’ has been one of my greatest joys. Today we will hear the journey of another man who has grown his family through…

The invisible carer – A Grandparent’s story

My dad has a Countdown app on his phone. He knows that there are 2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours 23 minutes and 15, 14, 13….seconds until his retirement (or there about’s!). He also knows that when he retires he has spent the last 40 years building into his superannuation and that his…

Mothers day

A guest piece today from my friend, sister and one I share a son with. This woman has taught me about parenting with grace and with others as we have laughed, cried and prayed together for the children we call ours. “Today I got my first Mother’s Day gift, it was a happy sad moment…

From her eyes. A story of Surviving. Breaking. Thriving. A child’s perspective.

I believe you. You have had to go through things that no one should. The world is full of broken people and sometimes they may hurt others. If there is one thing that is for sure, it is that things change. Nothing is forever. One day you will look back on this day and it may still be painful, but it won’t be your reality, it will just be a memory.

But I’m single – I can’t be a foster carer.

Over the years I have had people begin conversations with me that go like this… “I will become a foster parent when my kids are older.” Or… “I always wanted to foster but my partner doesn’t want to.” Or… “I would like to be a foster parent, but I’m single so I can’t.” We will…

Walking in her shoes – A Biological Mum’s perspective.

They say you don’t know what it is like for someone else until you walk a mile in their shoes. I have often wondered what the Out of home care system would look like if we all ‘swapped’ roles for a day. If a foster carer could stand in as the magistrate. If the Social worker could be a foster child. If a magistrate could live a day as a foster carer! I wonder if there would be any changes to the system if we really understood what it was like for others to live amongst this chaos.

To you Middle Mumma

To the middle mummas. A shout out to you. If today has been a wonderful day, one where memories are made, milestones are reached, children have behaved – I celebrate with you! These days can be few and far between and I know how much your heart rejoices as you wipe up the mess and…