Foster carers needed to open their home to a child

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LOVE TO GIVE: Foster mum Teresa said becoming a carer has been a rewarding experience.

LOVE TO GIVE: Foster mum Teresa said becoming a carer has been a rewarding experience.

After marrying later in life, Macarthur carers Teresa and Stan knew they wanted to expand their family but weren't sure how to go about it.

"One day I saw an ad about fostering and thought maybe we should try that," Teresa said. "Now we have been doing it for almost 10 years."

Teresa and Stan are permanent carers with CatholicCare to two girls aged five and seven and have found becoming carers to be a very rewarding experience.

"We are long-term carers because we felt we could give a home to children who need it," Teresa said.

"After we saw the ad, I started making inquiries, started doing courses and we were approved and very excited. It has been a wonderful ride ever since."

A spokesman for CatholicCare's Fostering Futures program said people are needed now to put their hands up to become carers.

"Every family is unique, just as every child who comes into care is unique," the spokesman said.

"The more carers we have, the better chance there is of making a successful match. This means more stability for children and less chance of a placement breakdown.

"We're passionate about children's wellbeing and their right to have stable, caring families and positive childhoods. We're always on the lookout for potential carers who can share their homes and lives."

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Foster mum Teresa said the children who come into her care "really need a stable home: someone who cares for them and someone who is in their corner".

"And people come and tell me I couldn't do it because I couldn't give the kids back, but you have got to be selfless and say well it is about the kids, and what is best for them."

She said the support from CatholicCare "has been great".

"If you have any problems, they have resources, and can guide you in the right direction if you need anything," she said.

"For example, counselling if you are having a bad time. I haven't had to use it but I know it's there.

"They are caring and they look after the carer as well as the kids. They look after the whole family."

If you are interested in learning more, you can take it one step at a time to decide if this is right for you and your family. Call 0418 783 956 or email fosteringfutures@catholiccare.dow.org.au for more information.