MacKillop carers Kay* and Derek* explain the impact they were able to have on two children in their care and their joy when the children were reunited with their birth father.
Kay and Derek were accredited as foster carers with MacKillop in April 2014. They provided respite and emergency placements for a number of children in need, until Ali* and Maryam* came to stay with them. What was a originally a three week placement became nine months.
Twenty-seven year old couple Sarah and James work fulltime as a medical resident and civil engineer. They are also respite foster carers for seven-year-old Chloe*, who stays with them one weekend every month.
Sarah kindly took the time out of her packed schedule to discuss juggling acts and the rewards of fitting foster care into their busy lives.
Paul Clohesy believes his twenty years of teaching experience has been instrumental in making the transition to life as a foster carer so smooth.
Paul and his wife Julie have provided a safe and caring home for thirteen foster children over the last eighteen months. They "wholeheartedly" recommend foster caring to anyone.
Andrew Dodds (Acting Residential Supervisor of Out-of-Home Care Northern Metro), reflects on a profound moment he experienced during his work with MacKillop, and shares with us his understanding of the importance of memories in helping ourselves and others to find happiness.