IF you want to know what it is like to be a foster carer ask Blacktown couple Tracy and John Connolly.
In the last three years they have cared for more than 30 children.
The couple, who have three children of their own, is helping to encourage more people in western Sydney, including the Hills and Parramatta, to consider becoming foster carers during MacKillop Family Services’ Foster Care Fortnight which ends this week.
They currently care for a three-year-old girl, who they have fostered since birth and are in the process of adopting, and twin girls who need emergency care.
“After having our three boys I always wanted more children but I was unable to do so,” Mrs Connolly said.
“There are so many kids out there who need a loving home so we decided to try foster care.
‘‘I love every minute of being a foster carer.
‘‘I have lots of love to give.
‘‘I hope to still be talking about being a foster carer 20 years from now.”
Foster Care Fortnight is a MacKillop Family Services initiative established to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers across Australia.
“We urgently need more foster carers to provide stable, loving care for vulnerable children and young people,’’ MacKillop chief executive Micaela Cronin said.
‘‘So if you want to make a difference in the life of a child or young person, we would love to hear from you right now.’’
MacKillop Family Services provides all foster carers with ongoing support and training and regular breaks.
Carers are also entitled to financial reimbursement.
To find out more about becoming a MacKillop foster carer call 1300791677 or visit www.fostercarefortnight.com.au.