I'm an Australian Foster Carer and Educator with over a decade of industry experience.
I run the Facebook page "More Than A Foster Carer", where I share my experience working with the foster system.
I live in rural New South Wales with my husband, a changing number of children, a dog and some chickens.
As a self proclaimed creative soul, I have had a passion for writing fiction from an early age. When I'm not wrangling chickens, children or dogs, I love to be whisked off on magical adventures, and tagging along on epic quests.
Book 4 in the “Kids in Care” series is called Where was my Mum today?
I was supposed to see my Mum today. I waited at the park with Simon all morning. But Mum didn’t come. Where could she have been? Maybe she is a spy and was off on a secret mission… Maybe she is secretly a Princess and a nasty Witch has locked her in a tower, Or maybe she discovered an underwater city full of mermaids! If my Mum was an explorer, maybe I could be too! I thought about swinging through the trees in the jungle, finding ancient ruins, meeting different tribes, and riding canoes down waterfalls with my Mum. What an amazing adventure that would be!
Book 4 is a story about missed contacts and the imagination of children. It explores the positivity and enthusiasm that young children have, and the importance of encouraging those emotions in kids in care.
Where was my Mum today? is awaiting illustrations, and will hopefully be released in 2020.
Book 3 in the “Kids in Care” series is called Oscar and Ruby.
Oscar and Ruby are twin brother and sister. They live with their foster carers Kim and Dave. Their dad Noah drives trucks all over Australia. Oscar and Ruby get to play with their dad every other weekend. It’s lots of fun! The kids at preschool don’t understand why Oscar and Ruby’s family is different. Sometimes they make fun of them because they don’t live with their dad, or because they look different to Kim and Dave. Sometimes they say that their dad must not love them if he doesn’t live with them. But Oscar and Ruby know better…
Oscar and Ruby’s story talks about some of the work that goes into restoration with birth families in simplified language that younger children can understand. It touches on the difficulties that children come across with their peers, and how the relationship between birth families, caseworkers and foster carers is important to the wellbeing of kids in care.
Book 3 is awaiting illustrations, and is hopefully going to be released in mid 2020.
When I became a Carer, I was surprised with just how little was readily available for young ones. There seemed to be a lack of resources that would help them make sense of their situations. These kids are torn from the only family that they have ever known and thrust into a brand new life with complete strangers. Everything changes in an instant. They can struggle to find normalcy and understanding from peers and society, and have to deal with feelings and thoughts that aren’t ‘normal’ for other kids their age. They have trouble trusting others and often feel scared and ashamed and just too ‘different’.
The “Kids in Care” series is a group of children’s picture books that is aimed at children in the foster system. The goal of this series is to help children in these situations feel less confused, scared and alone. These stories will hopefully reassure and comfort them while remaining relatable to situations that they may be going through. I wanted to encourage open communication while removing some of the stigma surrounding foster kids and help build self-esteem and confidence. Perhaps even be a voice that educates others on what these children have to deal with.
The second book in the “Kids in Care” series is called “Molly’s many families”.
Blurb: “She read me the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and said that sometimes finding the right family was just like that. Some were too busy. Some were very different. But some were just right.” My name is Molly. I have lived with many different families since I became a foster kid. Some families are forever, and some are just for a little while. Let me tell you about all of mine…
I’m excited to say that Molly’s story is finished, and being edited!
My first children’s picture book in the “Kids in Care” series is called “My name is Sam”
I live with my mum and dad and our dog Lucy.
My tummy mummy lives in another house. Sometimes I get to go and visit her.
My family might not be like yours, but that’s okay.
There are many kinds of families.
Who do you have in yours?
Sam is a 5yo boy in Foster care who tells us a little about his life, and reminds us that all families are different.
This book aims to reassure children that although they may not live with their own parents, they are still loved, and might not be as different to everyone else as they may think.
The book will be released in early 2020