Young people’s story – Michael
“I’m in foster care because my mum and dad didn’t look after me well,” explains Michael. “The Department said it wasn’t safe for me to live with them and so they put me into foster care. I was very angry and I found it really hard to trust adults which made my behaviour difficult sometimes. The more I moved, the more I felt angry and let down.”
Being in foster care with Key Assets
Michael went through foster care with negative connotations of placement breakdowns and an inability to attach himself to a temporary carer. It wasn’t until he came into foster care with Key Assets that he began to break that cycle.
“I’ve had a lot of different foster homes some of which have lasted a few days and others a few weeks and months. None have lasted this long.
“I think it’s cool being what I call a ‘Key Assets kid’ because everyone listens to you and you get to know all the staff, as well as the other kids and their foster carers. Another Key Assets kid told me that he felt safe with Key Assets and they put on good activities which are always lots of fun.
“Key Assets people are nice people. You don’t feel like you are on your own and the Support Workers don’t have 50 kids to look after which means you get lots more attention and support.”
Living with foster carers
One of the biggest impacts on his life in foster care has been Michael’s experience of being listened to by Key Assets and his foster carers. For many children and young people in foster care in Australia, this is a familiar feeling.
“I was a bit scared when I got placed with my foster carers in Key Assets but now I would say enjoy and embrace it. If you’re going into foster care, don’t worry, because carers at Key Assets take notice of you, as do the staff.
“I’d also say to other kids coming into care not to be scared as you will feel like a normal kid with Key Assets and not a ‘care kid’. My carers didn’t tell everyone I was in foster care; they gave me the choice whether to tell the neighbours or not. It was my choice and I felt like they listened to me. That shows that they put me first!”
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