Peter and Maureen’s story

November 15, 2018 FosterCare-Hellmuth-001-LOWRES

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. They can be of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, be of any sexual orientation, partnered or married, employed or full-time at home.

Care can vary from flexible respite, emergency, short-term or long-term.

Ongoing care may even develop into permanent guardianship and adoption.

Residing in the small rural town of Rupanyup, near Horsham, Maureen and Peter Hellmuth signed up to befoster carers nearly 21 years ago after seeing a television advertisement. They’ve welcomed 130 placements since.

“It was just the two of us living in a big house and we love kids, so we knew we had the space and love to offer,” Maureen said.

“We were in our 50s at the time and planned to do it for a couple of years. But 20 years on, we’re still going, and we enjoy it more than ever.

“All children are different, but if you provide them with a welcoming and loving environment, most will blossom. The kids give you just as much as you give them.”

Uniting caseworkers provide comprehensive support and training to carers to ensure both they and the children they care for can truly thrive.

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