Meet Foster Carer, Emily

Meet OzChild Foster Carer – Emily

For the past two years Emily has been caring for children in Melbourne’s western suburbs joining the OzChild Village of carers one year ago.

A single carer, Emily is currently providing a safe and loving home for two young children full-time.

“I knew other people who had been foster carers. My experience working in Early Childhood exposed me to vulnerable children who were in out-of-home care. It was also the right timing for me as I had two housemates move out leaving two spare bedrooms. I had the time and space to be a foster carer.”

The joy and happiness the children bring is what Emily loves most about being a foster carer, along with the changes and outcomes she sees in the kids.

OzChild’s Village of Carers has meant Emily has made many new friends along the way also, other carers who understand the ups and downs and are available to offer support and advice.

“I love the community of being a foster carer. I have met and made really good friends with lots of other carers in the program. These are people I wouldn’t have ever crossed paths with if I wasn’t a foster carer,” says Emily.

Emily agrees with other carers when it comes to saying goodbye, for her it is the hardest part of being a carer, “the goodbyes to children are definitely the most challenging part, but is also a happy time for children when they are returning to be with family.”

Caring for a two and a half year old, and 20 month old baby, Emily loves sharing experiences with the children in her care. Before the pandemic hit this trio enjoyed spending time outdoors together, whether it be a trip to the Moonlight Cinema, weekends away camping, or a visit to the beach.

“We have developed a strong attachment, which has extended to my family and friends. Both children have really become part of a strong community,” smiles Emily.

Emily knows only too well the difference she is making and encourages anyone thinking about becoming a carer to take the leap today!

“The kids bring so much joy and life into your world. It only takes small gestures to make a large difference in a child’s life.”

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