Foster Care Week gives us the opportunity to thank and celebrate the amazing work our foster carers do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
It is Foster Care Week! This year Foster Care Week runs from September 13-19. It is a week that gives us the opportunity to thank and celebrate the amazing work our foster carers do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Most carers do this quietly, nurturing the children in their care physically and emotionally, as well as protecting their confidentiality, without the need for fanfare or applause. They do it because they see the need and know they can help.
They open their hearts and homes knowing the children may not stay for a long time. They don’t mind the extra mess around the house, they don’t mind the noise & busy-ness, they don’t mind the uncertainty. They do not even mind the extra work, patience and resilience needed to care for kids who have experienced trauma. They do it because it is the right thing to do.
There is no foster care without foster carers. There is no safe, loving home for the nearly 17,000 children and young people in NSW who cannot safely live at home without admirable, selfless people like our nearly-90 foster carers.
This Foster Care Week we want to celebrate our longest serving carer, Pauline.
Pauline has been providing foster care for nearly 19 years. She has cared for 18 children, ranging in age from a few days old, to her current child – a young person who is finishing up high school! Pauline is still in contact with many of the young people she has cared for over time, and is a source of wisdom and insight to her fellow SAF carers.
Like many foster carers, Pauline does not want people to think she is some kind of angel. She says, “I don’t like it when people say I am amazing.” But we think she is!
Pauline has been, and remains, a hugely valuable benefit to our team & the children she has cared for over the last two decades. We want to thank her for her ongoing selfless efforts and tireless care. We wish her nothing but the peace and joy she deserves as well as the opportunity to relax and enjoy time with her own children and grandchildren this Foster Care Week.
Thank you, Pauline!