Carer Stories

A holiday for the Koop family

It’s not often a foster child gets to go to Disneyland. But if the Koop family of Alice Springs is going, that means their six-year-old foster-daughter is too.

Not every foster carer can say they watched their foster daughter being born. But nurse Sam Cameron can.

“Right from the labour, they didn’t think she’d make it. When they flew her out to Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the midwife told me she wouldn’t becoming back.” But Evelyn did come back, and from the time she was 18 months old, she spent time in Sam and Darrin’s care.

Normal is not a word you would use to describe the Price family. In fact, John and Sue Price relish that their family has never been normal.

The couple, who have two children of their own, have been fostering children from around the Northern Territory for over 10 years.

The memory of a Brisbane high school friend who was fostered led Jacinta Boniwell to become a foster parent.

Being a foster carer is walking side by side with the child/young person for a short or longer time while they journey through a difficult time of thei rlives. It is challenging and rewarding.

Louisa Castle didn’t choose to be a foster carer, the children chose her.

The mother of two first signed up to become a foster carer in 2000 after a young girl confided in her about being sexually abused by a relative. 

Opening up their home and hearts to three-year-old twin girls is the “best thing that has ever happened” to a Darwin couple who became foster parents.

Falling for the relaxed, tropical lifestyle of the Top End was easy, but it was winning the hearts of two little vulnerable girls that was the hardest and “best thing” they have ever done. 

Any parent with twins knows the challenges of double trouble. Combine that with fragile health and the challenge to look after two little vulnerable girls may have seemed insurmountable for one Darwin family.

Bees Creek couple Michelle and Ian, who have three children of their own, were daunted but not put off giving two year old special needs twins a home.