Rachel and Phillip

New citizens, Rachel and Phillip have opened their hearts and home to provide children in need with short-term, emergency and respite care.

Foster caring was something that Rachel and Phillip always wanted to do and felt the timing was right when they moved to Australia from the UK 4 years ago.

“It was hard moving from friends and family but we fell in love with the Sydney lifestyle.

“We wanted to become foster cares because we felt we had a lot to offer. We wanted to help those less fortunate than ourselves, and for the children to experience security, trust, reliability, happiness and love,” Phillip says.

The couple foster through Key Assets and receive 24/7 support, on-going training and a dedicated social worker.

“Key Assets provide us with endless support and provide the opportunity for us to form strong networks with other carers and receive great advice and information.”

Rachel and Phillip have provided emergency care for siblings, young children and adults for up to 10 weeks at a time.

“Our first call was to look after 2 young brothers. Two hours later, two very shy, frightened, and quite young brothers arrived.

“Two weeks later two energetic, happy and friendly young lads left, and they left behind, two very upset, yet happy carers.”

Phillip says they never get used to saying goodbye no matter the length of stay or challenges, they immediately see the children as part of the family.

“Many times, Rachel has not wanted to be home when the children have been picked up, those times are draining and the house feels empty again,” Phillip says.

When asked what the most difficult part of being an emergency foster carer is, Phillip says saying no when Key Assets call for an emergency placement.

“There are times when you are unable to commit and Key Assets have always been very supportive in this situation.

“You must give yourself and your family time to recharge before putting your hand up again or the placement may not work out.

“It is very important not to have preconceived ideas about the children, don’t judge them on the report you have read as all children will behave differently for different people.

“We hope to encourage others to become foster carers so that the many children in need can experience a fulfilling childhood,” Phillip says.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, visit www.iwanttofoster.com.au or call Key Assets on 1800 WE CARE.