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Become a foster carer

Wendy: I've been a foster carer for 32 years, which is quite a long time. A lot of them [the children] have grown up and got older now and they never forgot us. And that's really heartwarming for us.

Alice: I wasn't sure if I could be a foster carer, you know, I'm single. I don't own a house. I rent, you know, I work full-time. I didn't know if it was possible for somebody like me to be a carer.

Leanne: Anyone could be a foster carer, and hopefully get just as much out of it as we do. We've really enjoyed it. Like we've got so much more out of it than we've ever put in, that's for sure.

George: Yeah. I think foster care is definitely one of the best things I've done in my life. Seeing the children be happy, see them come out of their shell, and enjoy life more.

Leanne: And they just want to be part of your family and do whatever your family does. And so, you drag them to football, fishing, or anything, just be part of your family, like any other weekend.

Wendy: It's great to be able to help children offer some stability, a bit of love and warmth, and guide them through life.

Leanne: You get that connection with them, and the connections are just so rewarding. I just think, oh God, this is worth it.

Alice: The more time I spend in this community of carers, the more I realise that this is something that makes a lot of sense to me and really fits who I am and how I want to be in the world. As a carer, you're not just meeting the needs of the child in your care. You're working with the whole family.

Wendy: These kids need homes and love and security. So yep. If you're thinking about it, give it a go. Every child should be happy.