Tracey and Darren

"Caring for the children gives me a real sense of purpose and enjoyment in my life"

Carers Age
50+
Relationship
Couple with adult children
Age of Children
0-18
Type of Care
Long-term
Needs of children
Behavioural
Carers Age
50+
Relationship
Couple with adult children
Age of Children
0-18
Type of Care
Long-term
Needs of children
Behavioural

Meet Tracey and Darren

"Caring for the children gives me a real sense of purpose and enjoyment in my life"

Tracey and Darren had raised two children of their own and felt they wanted to do more for the community. First considering foster care while living in the UK, when they moved to Australia they knew it was something they wanted to take on.

Starting out as emergency carers, they initially provided short-term care for children transitioning and respite care for children taking a break from their regular homes. Darren worked full-time and although this was rewarding and fulfilling, Tracey said she felt they had capacity to take on children on a more permanent basis. "I just thought, well I've got a big heart and if I had room in my house, I could take on more," she said.

"I just thought, well I've got a big heart and if I had room in my house, I could take on more"

"I hadn't thought about it in detail and whether I would take on children with complex needs, or those who needed behavioural support or other special care, but I knew I had to do more" she said.

"Our boys have been so open to the change and have been actually really protective of the younger children living with us." Tracey said that just seeing the children smile gives them true rewards. "We love seeing the children feeling comfortable and safe, and knowing they have a place to call home and people who love and care for them.

"Caring for the children gives me a real sense of purpose and enjoyment in my life. I am delighted when the children start to trust us and open up, and know they can talk about their problems to someone who will listen and who really cares." she said.

Tracey said children with complex needs may require extra care and resilience on the part of the foster carers, but they delight in being able to give them the nurturing they need to grow and thrive.