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