Testimonials


Personal Stories from our Foster Carers

“The best thing about being a carer is knowing you can make a difference in a young person’s life.”


Natalie and Louise, Foster Carers with UMFC for 6 years

Why do you enjoy being Foster Carers?

The best thing about being a carer is knowing you can make a difference in a young person’s life. At the moment we are providing a loving, stable and fun home for a young girl, and that is very rewarding.

How did you get involved with Fostering children?

We began our caring role providing respite for children on weekends. We did this for three years, and long term Foster Care was never something we had thought of. We then met a young girl who needed support, and we decided to take on the role of foster carers, as we had built a strong bond with the child.

How does UMFC support you and the Foster child?

The support we receive from UMFC is wonderful. Our Case worker ensures we as carers are supported and do not burn out. She also helps with any issues which may arise and is always a great advocate for the child we care for. We never feel like we are alone or unsupported with the phone calls and visits from our case worker.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about being a Foster Carer?

The advice we would give is to make contact with UMFC. Have a chat with the amazing team and book into the training program offered. This training provides the knowledge you need to understand what is involved in being a foster carer and what issues young people are facing in our community. Being a foster carer not only benefits the young person and his or her family; it also teaches you about selflessness, giving and sharing.


Annalee & Craig, Foster Carers for 6 Years

My extended family have had their eyes opened to another world out there. Our friends have also welcomed our foster child as a part of the family. Our families have also fallen for her and love the contribution she makes to our family gatherings.

Our whole life focus has changed for the better, and I feel we are better people for it. Our relationship and communication has also grown as communication with one another and checking in with each other is vital. You have to be on the same page all the time in regards to your ability and capacity to care.

People say, ‘She is lucky to have us.’ I simply say, ‘No, if she were lucky, she would have her mum and dad tucking her in bed every night at home. The real truth is that we are lucky to have her!’


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29 Stanley St.
Wodonga VIC 3690
02 6055 8000

36 Mackay St.
Wangaratta VIC 3677
03 5720 0000

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Respite Care
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Emergency Care

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