Geelong woman fosters hope for local kids

Posted on 11 Feb 2015

Helen Jacob knew from a young age that one day she would be a foster carer, and over the past six years has welcomed several children into her home.

Helen is urging more people to break the mould and consider foster caring with MacKillop Family Services in 2015.

“Quite often after a tragic event has occurred in the home of a young person, we often wonder ‘how can we as a community let these things happen?’ but when I hear that I think it’s more like “how can other people let that happen?” As caring people we may feel horrified that such an event has taken place but just how many of us take that extra step to be a part of a solution ‘before’ tragedy strikes?” Helen explains.

“By being a foster carer and providing a supportive environment you could just be saving a life but importantly you’re helping a young person onto a path of becoming the best person they can be.”

The Ocean Grove local is a driving instructor by day and began her foster caring journey as a weekend carer for a young girl, and then took in a teenage boy before he turned 18.

“I love being able to provide experiences to young people that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to have,” Helen says.

“Plus as a single person I also get to do a lot of the fun things that young people do that I wouldn’t otherwise get to do!”

Helen is a keen surfer and likes to encourage the children in her care to give it a go. Helen has introduced young people in her care into her local surfing community with one young person  participating in surfing  competitions and winning awards. Like Helen, all our carers come in all shapes and sizes and bring something new and different into the lives of young people.

There is currently an urgent need for more foster carers across Geelong and the greater Barwon region, with many local kids being placed outside the local area as a result.

MacKillop foster carers have varied backgrounds, lifestyles and family situations. But all share a passion for improving the lives of children and young people.

MacKillop provides all foster carers with ongoing support, training and regular breaks.

To find out more about becoming a MacKillop foster carer please call 1300 791 677 or visit

For enquiries please contact:
Nora Gordon, Community Relations
M: 0428 165 380