“It’s given us purpose and we’re always learning” – foster carers Michael and Justine

Justine Hardy and Michael Harms decided to become foster carers because they recognised the positive impacts a safe and stable family home can have on children, and knew they could give local kids the best start to life.

“I learnt a lot about myself just going through the training and accreditation process, and once we got our first foster care placement I really took it on – Justine says I’m a natural at it,” Michael said.

“It’s been really good for our relationship, it’s given us purpose and we’re always learning. You put a lot into fostering, but you get so much more out of it. For anyone considering it, I’d encourage them to give it a go.

“Our Anglicare Victoria case manager is just fantastic, we love our weekly chats with her. We’ve had some challenges recently and the support we’ve received has been amazing, she’s only ever just a phone call away.”

This Foster Care Week, Anglicare Victoria is celebrating all its foster carers for making a positive difference in the lives of the children they care for. Currently there are 117 active foster care households in Anglicare Victoria’s east metro region.

Tarni Haywood, Program Manager of Out-of-Home Care at Anglicare Victoria east metro said:

“To all our amazing foster carers, the real heroes of our community, thank you all so much for all you do and for the daily sacrifices you and your families make to provide a safe and nurturing home for our children.

“The commitment by foster carers who willingly open their homes and their hearts to support and nurture children and young people is truly admirable.

“Words cannot express just how highly we regard you all for choosing to make a difference in such a powerful way. You are so valued. Happy foster care week, celebrate all your successes and keep on being amazing!”

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