Foster care and us: how fostering a child changed our life

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Thu 14 September 2017

19 mins

Many parents of young kids makes jokes about the horror to come once our little *angels* grow into moody teenagers. But we all know that it's not an easy stage of life, particularly if things aren't so great at home.
Imagine what it's like then, to open your family and your home up to a teenager; to become a first time foster carer to a 12-year-old on the cusp of all that.

Sarah Newell and Jane Polkinghorne did just that one year ago. They open up to Shevonne about how rewarding, challenging, and life changing the experience has been.

Reflecting on her favourite moment so far, where their foster child came and propped themselves up on the kitchen bench to talk about their day, Sarah added "That's my favourite moment. That's a kid that ... feels comfortable and relaxed in your home and it's his home, that's all you want for that child. To be at home, even though it's not their home, I'm not their parent, I never will be, they have a mother and father.. for this moment in time we are doing the best we possibly can for that child."

This week is Foster Carer's Week all across Australia. There are various types of care that organisations are always looking for depending on each families needs; from emergency care just for 12 hours to long term foster care for 6 months and onward.

If you'd like to find out more about how to become a foster carer in your respective state, check out the links below.

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