I care because…
To mark Foster Care Week, we are sharing the stories of some of Samaritans amazing foster carers.
Chenoa and her husband first became foster carers when two girls in her prep class were in need of care. Since then she has fostered more children. Her family and their two biological daughters have enjoyed growing together and welcoming new family members. It is very much ‘the more the merrier’ in their household!
I care because I want to make a difference. I want to make a change- my husband and I want to see children blossom and flourish and all it takes is one person- why wouldn’t it be you? We can’t change the whole world, but we can change a few lives when we can and they they can go on to do the same. – Chenoa.
Terrie has been a foster carer for over 17 years and has been with Samaritans for the last 8 years. Terrie initially fell into foster care to help her friend whose niece was needing respite care, and eventually became a long term foster carer for many children. Terrie comes from a big family and she’s always been passionate about caring for children.
Being a foster carer has enriched my life. It’s made me grow as a person to understand that everyone is different, that all families are different and that you adjust to suit that child. Our household is chaotic at times, it’s messy, it’s loud – but it’s ours. It’s brought out the extra love that has always been there. I will fight for the children to give them what they need. – Terrie.
One of Terrie’s long term foster children who Terrie cared from age 12 into adulthood, commented “I could not be the person I am now if it wasn’t for you to show me a different life.“
After having their own biological child, Samantha and Michael decided the next step for them was to care for a child in foster care. Michael works in the foster care industry and understands the need for more carers. Although they were hesitant at first that their biological son might struggle with the change, they couldn’t be happier as a family and their son has embraced their foster daughter with a open heart.
I care because kids are awesome and they all deserve a safe and loving home. It’s changed the way we parent and changed our lives. It’s amazing to the see the growth of our two children in very different ways. We have to parent them very differently because they are very different types of kids but it has been amazing. – Michael.
The other thing that has been really important for us is embracing our daughters birth family and being aware that she does have another family. We need to support her with her understanding of who her family is. – Michael.
I care because there’s so many kids out there who need love and care. If our son was ever in need of care, I’d hope there would be a family out there that would love and care about him like he was their own. – Samantha