Five years ago, Katrina’s life changed forever. She took the big step of becoming a foster carer.
“My mother and grandmother were both foster carers so I think it was inevitable that I’d become one too,” says Katrina.
She now cares for three young boys, as well as a teenage biological daughter.
“I think it’s a great learning experience for my daughter. Being a foster sibling can teach biological children to have greater empathy and compassion.”
The boys Katrina cares for, like all foster children, have experienced a level of trauma. As the children visit psychologists and adjust to a more consistent life, the transition and healing can sometimes be difficult.
“Having people offering respite care gives parents like me a rest which is really appreciated. Some days can be tough. But when you see the children trying out a skill for the first time, becoming more relaxed, or suddenly giving you a hug, it melts your heart. It makes the tough days worthwhile. I don’t think anyone would regret becoming a foster carer. These children just want to be loved,” says Katrina.
Anglicare continues to recruit, train and support foster carers during the COVID-19 restrictions. “I don’t think I could do this without the help of the Anglicare team,” says Katrina.
“With COVID-19 they’ve offered additional help and respite. It helps me love what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
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