Meet OzChild Foster Carer,

Justine and Chris

This week is Foster Care Week in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, so we thought we would introduce you to some of our amazing foster carers.

Meet Justin and Chris.

For almost three years Justine and Chris have been foster carers with OzChild’s team in Western Melbourne. 

Every day on the way to work the couple used to drive past a foster care agency and one day they decided they wanted to give back to the community, so they reached out to begin their foster care journey. 

When Justine and Chris think about the OzChild community of carers it is the knowledge shared that they find most valuable in their roles as carers. 

“Finding out what has worked for them and what strategies they have used, tips and tricks and knowing you are not alone makes our journey all that much easier” 

When asked about the best part of being a carer, the couple agree it is seeing the development and growth in children and knowing their contribution is making a difference. 

Chris and Justine are currently caring for a four-year-old, who they say was initially very quiet and shy and didn’t really want to do much and was delayed in her milestones, but thanks to the love and care they have provided Justine says.. 

“She is excited to see us, we get hugs and details of her day, very opinionated, we can now have a chat and banter with her” 

The couple love nothing more than chilling out together when it is just the two of them, and save the  crafts, swimming, board games, walks and time at the park for when they have a child in their care. 

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a foster carer, Justine and Chris have this piece of advice for you: 

“Do it! And do as much training as you can and to don’t be afraid to call on your peers for support. Don’t try and fix the kids because they aren’t broken.” 

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