December 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Carer Posts | 2 Comments

This reflection was contributed by a carer from Melbourne’s eastern region who attended the recent Foster Care Conference.


I looked around the auditorium to view the volunteers. Over 300 men and women chatting, sharing stories, city and country faces, some nursing babies.

There’s something else about them. Their age. The youngest must be fifty, and many much older. Talking of their child’s progress, sharing tips about health care, school stuff, tackling tricky behaviour. No,  it’s not their grandkids they speak of but their foster cildren…

I wonder who will do this caring when they are retired and gone.
Who will give a child a chance to be relieved of a stressful situation? Who will advocate for their best interest?

We could let younger people look after these special kids?
We could welcome sole parents, single people, people with their own kids and same sex couples couldn’t we?
You know what? We already do.



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  1. Hi.

    I’m going to be turning 22 next month, and I have harboured a desire to be a foster carer since I was 14 years old. That’s 8 years of waiting and frustration that I was unable to take the course of action I felt best for regarding helping out the children who need care.

    We live in England, so I’m unsure as to the diversity of foster carers here, even though we have the same openings as you mention.

    I was moved by this post. So much so I have printed it off and placed a copy in my purse.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I’ve been an accredited carer since I turned 18, and together with my mother have provided care to over 20 extremely diverse children over the last 7 years.

    I’m glad you’ve found some inspiration from our blog. I turn 22 in less than two weeks as well and I’m here to tell you that you can do it! I wish you all the best in the future, and would love to hear from you about how your quest to foster is going.

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