Kate and Julie thought about fostering but didn’t think they would be eligible until they heard about Berry Street. Berry Street welcomes carers from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences - married, single or same sex couples.
“Kate and I have been fostering with Berry Street for the past ten years and we’ve absolutely loved it - it’s a big leap but it’s been so rewarding,” says Julie.
“The idea had been floating around for a while and after speaking to some friends who were also carers, they recommended Berry Street. The information session we attended confirmed that it was the right time for us to become carers together.
“Claire our case worker held our hands as we commenced the process to become foster carers. The process training, assessment, police checks and the like,” says Kate.
“It’s a big leap. It can be difficult at times and challenging work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. There is nothing better than when a child you’ve been looking after comes to you for a hug,” says Julie.
“To see a young child grow into a happy and healthy young person is the best reward of all,” she adds.
You’re not in it alone when you decide to become a foster carer.
We work closely with carers to give them the support that they need.
Berry Street's Foster Carers have access to:
- 24/7 support and practical help from a dedicated team of experienced professionals
- financial support in the form of a fortnightly, tax-free reimbursement
- ongoing training and access to support programs to help develop skills in areas like behaviour management and therapeutic care
Would you open your door to a child in need?
Anyone can become a foster carer as long as they are over 21 and can provide a child their own room in a safe and nurturing home environment. Berry Street carers come from a wonderfully diverse range of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
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