Foster carers week is an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of foster carers from across Western Australia. There are currently more than 5100 children who have received love, support and safe homes through foster care.

Chelsea Jones, a local foster carer, said she wanted to be part of what God is doing in the world and meet the needs within our communities. “We wanted our kids to grow in their compassion, and realise they are part of a community. I also had family and friends that fostered, so I’d seen first-hand the impact you could make.”

But for a long time, she thought she wasn’t suitable. “My biggest excuse was that I love too hard and I could never say goodbye to a child. Then one day, I just felt that is the reason to do it. All the pain that I experienced in saying goodbye is worth it for the love that they get to experience.”

Chelsea described foster care as the most rewarding thing she and her family have done. “Our life beforehand was flat. We were part of a community, we were serving, we were doing things…Now we’re part of something bigger. We’re actually a part of something beyond ourselves. We’re part of this foster care community, we’re connecting with other foster carers. And we’re actually part of making a difference in a child’s life.”

If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer, you can find more information here. Listen to Chelsea’s full chat with Bec and Jeziel below.