Challenge foster carers share experiences looking after kids

Support in times of need: John and Verity Wolfenden care for children of all ages in both long-term and short, emergency arrangements.

Support in times of need: John and Verity Wolfenden care for children of all ages in both long-term and short, emergency arrangements.

New England foster carers John and Verity Wolfenden have been caring for two teenagers for almost a year.

One will transition to independent living when she turns 18, while Verity hopes the 16-year-old will stay with them until he too turns 18.

“He has fitted in to our household really well and is easy to care for. He is really happy with us and hopefully he will soon be joined by another teenager,” Verity said.

Verity said she wasn’t a babysitter but she does have a strict “no technology” rule for the littlies, but the activities they get to participate in make up for it.

“I'm a sewer and thought 'why don't we do that together?’ It’s a skill I can share and no matter their age they always enjoy getting involved,” Verity said.

“Our 16-year-old boy chose to make a tiger cushion for his mum. He designed it and learnt how to applique, it was really beautiful,” Verity said. 

“They all love the dogs too. They seem to be really good therapy for kids. They'll go play, throw the ball or just cuddle up to them.”

If you want more information on becoming a foster care, contact Challenge on 1800 084 954.

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