Anna: The benefit for me of being a short-term foster carer is having little kids that have experienced lots of trauma come in traumatized and then grow to be happy, little bubbly, little people and you get to see that transition and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Widja: With this as a carer, it’s such a good opportunity for me to show my daughters how blessed you are, how lucky you are, compared with other kids, so they are more thankful.
Anna: My kids love that we’re foster carers, that we can give other kids a life that they lived, all the things that they got to do as children now these little kids get to experience in our house. Barnardos pay an allowance, which means I can comfortably stay home and look after my own children and then look after the little children that we have through Barnardos as well.
Widja: I’m searching a job too, while I’m looking after my two daughters. At the moment they are in high school. Three times I got interviewed but no, didn’t get accepted. So we contacted Barnardos, you say, like for four months for training. I said OK we go. At the time when Deb said there’s a little baby that’s waiting for you, I said so excited.
Anna: We’re currently caring for a group of four little boys, a sibling group, one with a disability. They’re all so close in age so that’s makes things a little bit more complicated. We started off with two of the siblings and then I met two of the other siblings, and then I went home and I said to my husband we need to have all four boys together. It’s the only thing they’ve ever had is each other, so it’s important that even though they don’t have mum and dad, they’ve still got each other.
Widja: So when I look after the little girl I saw – ah – this is this is where we belong. That little baby, when we arrive in our home, is bring joy, with my own girls there. So that’s a blessing you know?
Anna: The support received from Barnardos is fantastic. They’re there 24/7 for whatever it is that I need, whether it’s a phone call, a chat, advice, I need help with something. They’re there for anything that I need or anything that the child needs, they’re there 110% for.
Widja: The Barnardos caseworkers are supportive and my manager, Deb, she’s so great. We can contact them, SMS, give them what we need, what was the problem; they will respond to you.
Anna: If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, I’d say jump in. Make the phone call, contact Barnardos. It is fantastic. It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done.