Foster carer opens her home to young people

July 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Stories | Leave a comment

Ever wondered what being a foster carer for adolescents is like? We talked to Hilary to get her perspective and you may be suprised by what she has to say.

“Becomming a foster carer was something I’d been wanting to do for a long time. I always thought it would be good to do something like that to help children and young people who need someone to care for them but I was a little bit worried about the types of behviours and how I would cope. I decided to wait until my own children had were a bit older and then called Anglicare Victoria, that was about 5 years ago.

At first I was pretty nervous, especially waiting for them to arrive, but once they arrived my home it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. The first few days of them being in the home can be challenging but once they settle in it’s great. After a while they start to form a good relationship with you and that’s when you feel like you’re really getting somewhere. I find it really rewarding, just helping them and getting to know them. I really enjoy it.  

Often teenagers act as if they don’t need or appreciate you but they do need somebody and quietly they do appreciate our concern for their wellbeing. It’s also great to help them access new ideas and experiences. Lots of people think that it’s only children that are impressionable but adolescents are also really open to new ideas.

For anyone who is is thinking about foster care I would say just call up and find out more.You can always start off with easier or shorter placements and you get lots of support from the case-workers. I love the support I get from Anglicare Victoria. Whenever I need help or advice, they are always there for me to call.”

Are you a foster carer? Share your story on our blog. Or if your thinking about becomming a carer call 1800 013 088 (in Victoria) to have all your questions answered.

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