Foster carer opens doors and a heart to children in need

Giving back: Barden Ridge couple Rochelle and Jason are also foster carers. Picture: John Veage
Giving back: Barden Ridge couple Rochelle and Jason are also foster carers. Picture: John Veage

When Bexley’s Carla Johnson decided to become a foster carer, the decision would soon become one of the best moves she ever made.

 “When I was recovering from an accident, I realised I wasn’t happy in my job,” she said.

“I’ve always been told that I’d make a great carer, and I love children, so I realised it was the perfect time to change my life.”

Since she started fostering three years ago, she has cared for several children, including siblings who have been in and out of several homes, with many challenges and triumphs.

“It’s taken a lot of work and effort to build trust,” Ms Johnson said. “It’s not always easy but when you start noticing the positive changes you realise all the effort is worth it.”

There is a shortage of foster carers across Sydney. Ms Johnson encourages others to give it a go.

“It’s so rewarding being able to support these children in achieving so many milestones like learning to swim, skating, riding bikes, celebrating Christmas or the first day of school,” she said.

“Every child should have a loving, nurturing environment to get them ready for the world. We do this for our own children, so why not for a child who may miss this opportunity.” 

Details: 1800 WE CARE or here.

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