Meet TFCO Carers,

Joanne and Stephen

This week is Foster and Kinship Carer Week Qld, so we thought we would introduce you to some of our amazing foster carers from our Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) team.

Meet Joanne and Stephen.

How long have you been a carers?

We’ve been carers for two and a half years.

How did your journey as a foster carer begin?

Our journey as foster carers began by looking into short term care and then came across the TFCO program – we thought this was a great way to help a child onto a different path and offered great support for both child and carers.

Tell us about your support network?

Our support network includes a couple of friends who have also been carers and have been a great help when needed. Our adult children have also been an excellent source of support.

What is one thing you wish you knew before becoming a carer?

That it’s okay to ask for help before fatigue sets in.

And what about the rewards of being a carer?

Looking back and being able to see the change in the child over time as they respond to the program we implement through TFCO.

During your time as a carer what support systems have helped you the most?

Both awareness and training have helped us the most, as well as our support network.

What do you think are your strengths as a carer?

Wanting to help a child on their journey through nurturing & skills development.

Do you have any advice for people considering foster care?

It is challenging but if you focus on the child you can get through the tough days knowing you are helping another person – this could be planting that seed into their lives or impacting how they react and respond to the challenges they face.

OzChild is always looking for foster carers for the TFCO program and respite carers to ensure full-time carers get the chance to recharge by taking a break.

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