Belinda Grah barnardos foster carer

Barnardos foster carer Belinda Grah.

Giving babies and young children a safe start in life is the passion of Barnados carer Belinda Grah.

Mrs Grah volunteers her time providing temporary care for young children as a short-term crisis carer for the organisation which works to protect vulnerable children.

"We heard about fostering, saw an ad for Barnados in the paper and so we decided it would be a great thing to do," Mrs Gray said.

"We have our own four children so we wanted to help in the best way that we can and provide children with all of our love and care."

Mrs Grah said it was challenging, but very rewarding.

"The hardest part is having to give them up at the end, it's emotionally challenging, but Barnados give you a lot of support," she said.

"If you love children, it is such a beautiful and rewarding thing to do."

Short-term crisis carers are supported by tax-free carer pay and are entitled to Centrelink benefits.

Carers can be single, married, de facto, gay, straight, renting or own their own home, but must be over 21 years of age.

Details: 1800 663 441 or

(This article was first published in the St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.)