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Brett & Josh's Story
The wonderful SAF team

“From the time that we’ve started working with SAF we’ve always felt that we had a close personal relationship with the key people involved in our case”

Brett & Josh

Ages: 39 (Brett) and 38 (Josh)

Age of child: 3 years old 

Duration of foster care: December 2015 to present

Brett and Josh* have been caring for Maddie* since she was only a few months old. She is now 3 years old and the couple are in the process of filing for adoption which they’re hoping will soon be finalised. We had a chat to Brett and Josh to learn more about their fostering journey.

Why did you decide to become foster carers?

We were looking at ways to become parents, but also really wanted to combine that with being able to give a good home to a child who needed it. We looked at longer term foster care options where adoption was a possible outcome.

What are some things you love about the child in your care?

Her personality is very different from ours in some ways, which can be a challenge but also keeps things very interesting and often entertaining. She’s extremely independent, determined and confident for a child her age, which is great to see in her every day interactions with us and others.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being carers?

Probably just the standard parenting aspects of it. Most days are a lot like any other parent – aiming to keep our child healthy, safe, and engaged from sunrise to sunset! And always guiding her towards becoming a caring, thoughtful and respectful individual along the way.

What’s your biggest challenge as carers?

There are obviously various things to deal with that the average parent doesn’t, and therefore requires a bit more patience and sometimes support. Trying to maintain contact with the birth family isn’t always easy, and you do have to stay up to date with the progress reports and caseworker home visits as that’s in the child’s best interests.

What’s something about foster care that surprised you or you weren’t expecting?

The fact that part of her cultural background is different from our own has meant finding the right resources to support her exposure and learning about that culture and picking up quite a bit about it along the way ourselves. It’s actually been really rewarding and interesting.

What does the future look like for you and the child in your care?

We are currently going through the adoption process and hoping to see it finalised this year.

What do you like most about SAF?

From the time that we’ve started working with SAF we’ve always felt that we had a close personal relationship with the key people involved in our case, and whenever we’ve needed answers or support it’s always been a prompt response.

*Names & picture have been changed to protect privacy