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No two days are ever the same – the joys and challenges of working in residential care.
Looking out for people’s welfare comes easily to Theressa Nero, who has been a Residential Care worker for the past eight years. For more than 20 years before that, Theressa worked as a full-time high needs carer for the city of Greater Geelong, initially looking after the elderly before moving on to caring for children with disabilities.
“You will get more out of it than you can ever anticipate, and you will give more than you probably ever thought you were capable of”
When mother-of-three Kylie Jackson became a foster carer at the age of 23, it probably didn’t dawn on her she would care for hundreds of children over the next two and half decades. After 26 years, it’s difficult to keep track of the exact number, but she estimates around 200 children have been in her care over that time.
Hopeful for the future
Living on the streets of Sydney, or couch surfing at a friend’s house, is no way for an 18-year-old to live. Instead of thinking about studying, going to work or trying to move on with life, you are worried about where you are going to sleep, what you will eat, how you will cope.