I’ve thought about becoming a foster carer…

Have you said those words? Googled how to become a carer? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. There is a incredible wide gap between the number of submissions for information and the number of people who follow through with an application. So what stops people? Fear. Particularly, the fear of the unknown. It isn’t the only…

A vulnerable child?

The term ‘vulnerable’ has been throw around a lot in recent months. As a global community we have banded together, locked ourselves away, watched as businesses have come to a halt, in a combined effort to ensure that the ‘vulnerable’ in our society are given a chance to live. When I speak of a taking…

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Each May I delve a little more in depth to the heart of foster care. If you have followed Our Family Grows for any length of time you will know that this isn’t just something we talk about, we have a passion to see each and every child reach their God given potential and sometimes…

The first year – a carer’s perspective.

It has taken me a few days to get this up! This is something I hope you take a moment to sit and read. I think it hits the heart of so many I speak with. How people come to join the foster care community is so vast. Some are almost ‘forced’ into it through…

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad.

Adopted. Biological. Foster. Dad. Watching my own husband grow from an unsure first time dad to comfortable and confident to be in a house full of noisy children of varying forms of ‘ours’ has been one of my greatest joys. Today we will hear the journey of another man who has grown his family through…

The invisible carer – A Grandparent’s story

My dad has a Countdown app on his phone. He knows that there are 2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours 23 minutes and 15, 14, 13….seconds until his retirement (or there about’s!). He also knows that when he retires he has spent the last 40 years building into his superannuation and that his…

From her eyes. A story of Surviving. Breaking. Thriving. A child’s perspective.

I believe you. You have had to go through things that no one should. The world is full of broken people and sometimes they may hurt others. If there is one thing that is for sure, it is that things change. Nothing is forever. One day you will look back on this day and it may still be painful, but it won’t be your reality, it will just be a memory.

Walking in her shoes – A Biological Mum’s perspective.

They say you don’t know what it is like for someone else until you walk a mile in their shoes. I have often wondered what the Out of home care system would look like if we all ‘swapped’ roles for a day. If a foster carer could stand in as the magistrate. If the Social worker could be a foster child. If a magistrate could live a day as a foster carer! I wonder if there would be any changes to the system if we really understood what it was like for others to live amongst this chaos.

When I failed, But God Grew.

Each night I would find myself sobbing in the shower. The day had started before the sun rose. Instantly I was in battle mode. It was all encompassing. I was desperately grasping to a sense of hope – trying to provide normalcy and meet my expectations of parenting my beautiful sons and daughter. My belly…