“Bringing happiness to vulnerable children has been the greatest pleasure of my life.”

NZ Maori Pacific Healthy LifestyleMy journey as a foster carer started 25 years ago and it has taught me more about myself and the world than I would ever have learned on my own.

I have been fortunate to meet some of the most amazing children and experience some of the best days of my life, along with some of the hardest days.

As a family, we made the decision to become foster carers when our daughter was 5 years old. Being a foster carer is not the easiest, in fact I would place it as one of the hardest and most challenging jobs in the world. The reality is that these children need someone to love them for who they are and stay consistent with them through extreme circumstances.

We signed up for fostering out of a deep compulsion to help vulnerable children who are being neglected in many ways.  I believe we all have a responsibility and duty to care for children, whether that’s someone we know, a child at our school or even a relative.

I find a huge satisfaction in bringing happiness to a child’s face which was once consumed with fear and sadness. It’s a privilege to be in a position where I can provide a young life once burdened with fear with a positive upbringing and hope for the future. I seriously encourage others to become foster carers because I want them to experience what I have learned through fostering.

There are many children out there that are desperate for someone to stand beside them and shout to the world that they are unique, they are important and they do matter.

We are fortunate now to have 3 amazing children that have been placed with us for almost 6 years. We have experienced many challenges that all three have thrown at us but we feel that the determination, love and respect that we have given has truly paid off and I get hugged and told that I am loved so many times a day.

Twenty-five years ago, I made a choice that has brought me more happiness, fulfilment and opportunity for growth than I ever knew was possible. I encourage you to take a look and see if fostering is a path for you and your family.

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