Foster care can help change a child’s life

Making a difference: Margaret Stott (right) with Shelley Wall from the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance at the Childhood Trauma Conference.
Making a difference: Margaret Stott (right) with Shelley Wall from the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance at the Childhood Trauma Conference.

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We do what we can to change the world and we wonder if it makes a difference.

I get to change the whole world for a vulnerable child, I see the difference it makes every day, but what I didn’t expect was the way it changed me.

I went into fostering to give back to the community.

I definitely went into it with rose coloured glasses, and I can say now that fostering has at times been the most frustrating thing I have ever done, but it has also been the most hopeful, heart-shatteringly beautiful experience for me.

The laughs definitely outweigh the tears.

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This year as a part of my fostering duties Uniting Country SA afforded me the opportunity to attend the Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne.

What I learned about childhood trauma from world renown specialists has already had a positive effect on our beautiful little foster boy.

When I think about fostering, the personal growth and education was a great surprise, it wasn’t even on my radar when I applied.

Fostering has changed my life for the better, not only the pitter patter of little feet, and the laughter of a child that fills my home, but the personal growth and educational opportunities that help me change the future of a child.

I would recommend fostering to anyone who has time to give to these beautiful children, who need and deserve unconditional love and support.

If you would like to become a foster carer please contact Uniting Country SA’s Foster Care and Respite Service at fostercare@ucsa.org.au or on 1300 761 477.

I get to change the whole world for a vulnerable child

MARGARET STOTT, foster carer