Local single Mum breaks the mould through foster care

Posted on 5 Mar 2015

Rebecca Johnstone from Moruya is a single Mum to two daughters, her foster child who is six months old, two dogs, two horses and one cat. She is run off her feet - but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

New carer Rebecca is appealing for more people to break the mould and consider long-term foster caring with MacKillop Family Services.

“I love children and always wanted more. But I figured there are plenty of kids out there who need a home and don’t have one. I wanted to provide that home”, said Rebecca.

“I’ve cared for two children – a 12 year old girl who I cared for on a short-term basis and now our little foster son who is still in my care. He came to me as a six week old baby and has been a great addition to our family. I have also been doing some respite care.”

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

There is currently an urgent need for more foster carers across the Eurobodalla region, with many local kids being placed in inappropriate accommodation as a result.

“When I told my friends and family that I was considering being a foster carer, my friends said, ‘You were born to be a foster carer!’. My family was a bit more cautious, but they are now an integral part of my foster caring experience and really support me”, said Rebecca.

“Like with being a parent there are challenges, but also great rewards. If you are considering being a foster carer please get in touch with an agency like MacKillop. We need more great foster carers in the community.”

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 mackillop.org.au/fostercare.

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