Hoppers Crossing family care for 24 children

Posted on 3 Sep 2014

Hoppers Crossing couple Angela and Nic Vredenbregt, who have three children of their own, have been MacKillop foster carers for more than 24 children in the past four years.

The Vredenbregts are urging other people in the area to find out more about foster care during this year’s national Foster Care Week (14 to 19 September).

The couple currently cares for two-year-old twins who have been with them since they were a month old, and also provides respite care for a one-year-old girl.

“It is a joy to see the young ones leave us with more confidence than they came with,” said Angela.

Angela and Nic believe we need more people who are able to support just one of the thousands of children in need of foster care.

“For a night, a weekend, a week, or for as long as you can give your time,” said Angela. “The rewards may not be seen today or tomorrow, but who knows? You could be that positive influence in a child’s life that makes all the difference to their future.”

MacKillop provides all foster carers with ongoing support, training and regular breaks. Foster carers are also entitled to financial reimbursements.

National Foster Care Week highlights the urgent need for more foster carers in the community, with more than 40,000 children experiencing out-of-home care in 2013 across Australia*.

To find out more about becoming a MacKillop foster carer please call 1300 791 677 or visit mackillop.org.au/fostercare.

Media Release PDF

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For interview opportunities with Angela and Nic or with MacKillop CEO Micaela Cronin please contact Jackie Doran, Media Coordinator, on 0428 029 012 or Jackie.Doran@mackillop.org.au.

* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012-13 Child Protection report.

Media Enquiries 
Jackie Doran, Communications Coordinator - Media and Publications
MacKillop Family Services
P: (03) 9699 9177
M: 0428 029 012
E: jackie.doran@mackillop.org.au