“Children are beautiful, fragile, innocent…” – By Trish Leroy-Shaw

Children are beautiful, fragile, innocent, vulnerable, demanding, hard work, unique, frustrating and incredible beings. Some of them are brought into the world by adults who are wrestling with their own humanity. Often good people with insurmountable problems, but loving their children isn’t one of them. These children find themselves in a world not of their making and not of their choice. Both parent and child find themselves grieving the loss of the other. The parent confronted with yet another insurmountable struggle, the children thrown into a world of confusion, fear and heartache. Is it right? Not really. However; We are a family that opens our heart and homes to these children and help them hopefully restore a healthy relationship with their parents, if possible, whilst providing a safe, caring and loving home.

Advocating for what’s best for these children is what we do. Giving them a sense of belonging and acceptance regardless of blood ties is paramount. Supporting and encouraging relationships with their parents is crucial, not only for now, but into the future. One day these children will be parents. There needs to be a hope and a chance given to change the cycle that cripples so many families and lives. There are more than 6000 children in NSW alone that are in ‘out of home care’. 

I’d like to encourage you all to consider becoming a foster parent. It’s not a walk in the park, but our own children weren’t/aren’t that anyway. Just wait and see. There is a shortage of carers in Australia, yet there are so many parents out there already raising children?!

Every child deserves to be fed, clothed, loved, protected, encouraged and adored. Some are hard to love because of their past, but God calls us to love the un-lovelies and in time the diamonds shine through. It takes understanding, patience and a good sense of humour, as well as training and a good support agency. Give it some serious consideration.

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