National Carers Week 10-16 October 2021
FOSTER CARERS - MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Our very own REACH Program Co-ordinator, Juliet Collins, has been a foster carer for 13 years and has gained so much from the experience. In this time, she has cared for many children who couldn’t live at home and has provided short and long term placements, emergency care and respite care.
In Juliet’s words “Foster carers play a vital role in the lives of children and young people by providing a stable home when they are not able to live with their family. It is such a wonderful opportunity to positively impact the life of a child or young person. I have been amazed over the years at how much difference the simplest things can make – providing a consistent daily routine, regular meals and nurturing family environment even for a short while can make all the difference. It has been challenging at times but also without doubt the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. One of the best things for me has been seeing the incredibly positive impact the experience has had on my son who was 5 years old when we started our foster care journey.
I am supported by the wonderful staff at MacKillop Family Services, a provider of Out of Home Care services.” There is a great shortage of foster carers and if you would like to find out more about this critical and rewarding role, you can contact foster care agency https://www.mackillop.org.au/ or
https://fosteringconnections.com.au and connect with your local Victorian foster care agency."
We are very fortunate to have Juliet as part of the Sandybeach team. It is inspirational to see that Juliet demonstrates the Sandybeach values both at work and at home.