Foster Care the Dr Suess way

I’m in Melbourne today at a training and planning day with Ark Australia. So excited about the day and what it could mean. But just wanted to pop this quote here. Don’t be seeking balance in your life. Balance means you are retreating from something. Search for passion! What are you passionate about and what…

Are you tired?

I am feeling tired today. Not tired from looking after the kids or because the baby is teething, more of that ‘life tired’. Lots of little disappointments along the way to trying to achieve your goals. Once you enter the Fostering world, little disappointments are a constant companion. The disappointments might be around your own…

People you should get to know

If you are a Foster carer, support person, social worker, Pastor or interested in learning more, there are some voices in the foster care community that you should be following! Here are 5 digital spaces that will leave you inspired, encouraged, convicted and sometimes just plain broken hearted. 1 – Jason Johnson – Perhaps known…

To his mum…

I wake up this morning and go in to his room. He is lying there, wide eyed, big smile, eager to start the day. I wonder how your morning starts. Do you know what day it is? Does your heart pang for what you are missing? We sit down and I cuddle your son close…

Not everyone’s called, but everyone can do something.

I love what Jason Johnson wrote here on his blogĀ  “The opportunities to get involved in foster care are endless and full of creativity. A lot of people won’t bring kids into their homes – as a matter of fact, most people won’t. But that’s just one place of many for people to get involved….

Does God care?

I had a chance to speak at King Eddy last year and as a part of my talk I shared that the midwives were there because of The Church. You make think that that is an overstatement but if you look back through history it tells the story of a group of people living differently…

Stop saying this

Without a doubt the most common comment a foster parent will get from a new person they meet is, “I would get too attached, I couldn’t give them back.” Can you please stop saying this. There are many reasons not to become a foster parent, but this is not one of them. The whole point…

Are you going to Adopt him?

I stood outside my children’s school on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon cradling a chubby 2 week old baby boy and the school Principal walked past. She stoppedĀ  and looked at the dark skinned baby in my arms and my little blonde toddler at my feet. After a brief exchange of words, she responded to my…

Leading with a Yes

I was half way through writing a little post yesterday about what it looks like when a child is brought into care and had to abandon it when a phone call came in at 9:30pm about a ‘3’ year old girl (turns out she is 4) who needed a safe place for the night. Back…

So how many kids are we talking about…

Foster Care? Surely there are only a few extreme cases where kids are needed to be removed from their parents. Right? Here are the stats (taken from a Wanslea Presentation in October 2017) 4600 children. That is about 10 primary schools worth of children. This number doesn’t include the 1000’s more who are in kinship…