From two-day-old newborns to toddlers, Jason and Rochelle’s home has welcomed children from broken families with open arms.
The Barden Ridge couple have been foster carers with Barnardos for the past five years.
They have cared for babies with high medical needs and helped work with birth parents toward restoration of the child back into their care.
“It’s something we love to do, it’s part of our family,” Jason said.
“We have a good opportunity in life where we are able to assist kids in need.”
The baby currently in their care is the couple’s 10th placement. Their youngest ‘delivery’ was a two-day-old newborn straight from hospital.
“The longest child we’ve had in our care is 14 months,” Jason said.
“Most of the kids that come into our care are from drug-addicted backgrounds. Ice is a big epidemic, it’s rife. And we get the fallout of that because the kids are caught up in the tragedy.
“We administer the medication they need and ween them of substance addiction, so when they leave our care they are healthy, vibrant kids ready to take on the world.”
The pair also has three biological children, aged 11, 12 and 14.
“Being foster carers teaches our kids about compassion,” Jason said.
“It’s a long process of up to 18 months but the training is very good. And you never forget how to bring up babies but we just did what we’ve done for our kids – it’s natural.”
This month (September 9-15) is Foster Care Week.
People interested in becoming a foster carer with Barnardos can phone 1800 663 441 or go here.
“There are so many kids out of home care in NSW,” Jason said.
“If you can find it in your heart to give them a room in your house, all they need is a little love and attention, and they thrive.”