Warrnambool couple felt a calling to become foster carers

Posted on 3 Sep 2014

Warrnambool resident Cassie and her partner Ben are the proud foster carers of a sibling pair aged four and seven. They have previously cared for five other children.

They are urging more people to consider becoming foster carers with MacKillop Family Services this national Foster Care Week (September 14 to 20).

“The decision to become a foster carer felt like an inevitable one to me,” Cassie said. “I have always had a strong connection with and a calling to help children in need and as a result have always pursued careers to enable me to fulfill that passion.”

Cassie has heard many people say that foster caring must be a thankless job, however she believes that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The thanks is given through the little things. It is shown in a smile, a laugh, a hug, in an invitation to children’s school events, in their confidences, and in their wanting to include you in their day-to-day existence,” she said. “Foster caring has been a positive impact on our family in too many ways to count.”

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*.

“If you are willing and able to welcome these children into your home it is an invaluable gift that you will not only give to a vulnerable child and family but also to yourself and in turn to the world,” Cassie said.

“We have all heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” so why not give yourself the gift of being a part of that village.”

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.

Media Release PDF 

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For interview opportunities with Cassie 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