Hatice sort of fell into foster caring. She was a single mum, raising two children on her own. For many people, the idea of welcoming more children into the family wouldn’t even have been a consideration. But Hatice, who lives in Western Sydney, was visiting a friend who was a foster carer, and it got her thinking about trying it out for herself.
“He was a 14-year-old boy, and I said I’d like to do that too because I’m raising my kids by myself and I’d like to help another kid,” the 46-year-old mum said.
“I talked to two friends doing foster care and then I called an agency, and I did the courses, and after I finished everything I sat down with my kids and explained to them what we could do for other kids to help them.”
"Hatice sort of fell into foster caring." Image: supplied.
The family then went on an overseas trip and spent some time together, where they decided to give fostering a go. At first, it wasn’t a big success.
Her biological children, a boy, 9, and a girl, 13, had some problems adjusting to the first foster child the family took in.
“Our first foster child was a big learning experience for us. She looked like a very quiet girl but after a few weeks we realised that it was not the case,” she said.
“My daughter, she’s a very sensitive girl and she’s a very good girl at school but this was a big change in our home,” Hatice says.