Watsonia Local a Foster Carer for 25 Children

Posted on 3 Sep 2014

Watsonia resident Rebecca Gleghorn is young and cheerful, loves hanging out with friends and works fulltime at Swinburne University. She is also a foster carer.

Rebecca is urging more people to consider becoming a foster carer with MacKillop Family Services this national Foster Care Week (September 14 to 20).

Since becoming a foster carer in 2008, Rebecca has cared for 25 children and currently cares for a 16-year-old boy.

“I grew up with three adopted brothers and have worked with at-risk children in my job. I always felt like I had something to offer young people,” Rebecca said.

“For me, it doesn’t matter how long a child is in my care, I just want them all to leave with a sense that someone, somewhere cares about them.”

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*.

“Yes, there’ll be frustrations, and yes it’s not necessarily ‘easy’. But it’s worth it all to know that you have, in some small way, helped a young person to be the best they can be, despite what life has thrown at them to date,” Rebecca said.

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 

For interview opportunities with Rebecca 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