Fostering a brighter future.

Meet Christie*, an extraordinary foster carer who, along with her loving husband and two children, has dedicated over ten years to providing a safe home for children in need.

“We always would have loved another child. So, ten years ago we became foster carers” said Christie.

Christie and her family took on the challenge of fostering, driven by a deep compassion and strong belief that every child deserves a safe and nurturing home.

“Foster care is all about helping other people,” said Christie. “It’s about bringing a child into your family and giving them a chance at a brighter future.”

The family are currently caring for a threeyearold child.

Its been amazing since weve had the little one in our care. Shes just grown so much, said Christie.

When she came in, she was very shy, very quiet but now shes just part of our family. Every day is rewarding for all of us. Shes a beautiful child.

As a dedicated mother to her son and daughter, Christie already has a lot of practice caring for children. But she recognises fostering can have its added challenges. Especially for children, like her current foster child, who havent been given the best start to life.

Shes not even four yet and shes lived in six or seven different households, said Christie, about their current foster child.

She has been through a lot of trauma and we just want to care for her for as long as we can.

Fostering has brought Christies family closer.

Fostering has not only strengthened the bond within Christie’s family but has also offered valuable life lessons for her biological children.

My definition of family and love hasnt changed since fostering, said Christie. If anything, itmade our family grow. We interact a lot more having a young child in the house. I think we are a lot closer.

Our kids have grown from this experience, especially my daughter. I think its great for them to be part of it.

Christie’s 18yearold daughter, Jasmine*, shares this same perspective.

I think young people can play an important part in fostering, she said.

Its good for young people to realise what they had as a child and what some people have missed out on. I would definitely consider being a foster carer in the future.

Creating new memories.

Christie’s family are most excited about creating new memories together.

“Our current foster child hasn’t been able to experience things my brother and I have. Things you look forward to during the year, like Christmas,” said Jasmine.

“I’m excited for her to be able to create all those memories of times we were able to appreciate when we were children.”

“She has never experienced a birthday,” added Christie. “Next month she is turning four and we are going to have a big party. She is so excited, every day she talks about it.”

For Christie, her foster care goals are quite simple – give her foster children the opportunities they need for the life they want.

“The most important thing for us to achieve is just to give her the future she deserves,” said Christie.

“She is a part of our life now. We just want to give her the best future she possibly can have.”

Foster care welcomes all.

Christie knows from experience that fostering can transform your life and she strongly urges anyone considering, to take the next steps.

I would say to someone who wants to become a foster carer, just to do it, said Christie.

Its amazing, it changes your familys life. Definitely do it. You cant be too young or too old. Anyone can be a foster carer.

As long as you can offer the support that they need. And show them the love that they need to grow, thats all that matters, added Jasmine.

Change a child’s life and foster a brighter future today.

*This is a true story about real people. Some details such as names have been changed to respect the wishes of the people featured.