Foster Care: Leaving a legacy

Jen* climbed out of her window at 12 years old, needing to escape. It’s been a journey of unlearning and learning; ultimately breaking a cycle and leaving a legacy for the next generation.

The love shown by her Foster Carers helped break through the lies that she’d come to believe about herself and she learned to trust again. 

Foster Care is an opportunity to leave a legacy and impact the next generation. “Now… I get to love my son in a different way,” Jen says, “I am thankful every day that the cycle was broken for me.” 

“I can’t say that it’s not going to be hard, but I will say it’s so worth it.”

It takes a special person to be a Foster Carer. It’s not for everyone. The rest of us have an important role to playing supporting those who are called to Foster Care.

Jen’s advice for supporting carers? Be a listening ear. Be slow to give advice. Enquire about their needs. They deserve to be seen, heard, and valued in the role they’re playing in children and young people’s lives. A role that could change the trajectory of a life and influence the generation to come.

If you’re curious about Foster Care, check out Foster Care: First Steps, or learn more about Foster Care here.

We’re not all called to be Foster Carers, but we can all do something to support those who are and to make a difference for children in families in our local community. What’s your something? Explore how you can get involved here.

Your church can build a ministry of Out-of-Home Care that helps recruit and support carers and mobilises people to get involved in a range of ways. Explore this here.

This story was produced as part of the 2023 Foster Care Sunday Campaign, led by a coalition of organisations across Australia. Find out more at

*Name has been changed for confidentiality

Other Resources


  • Foster Care Sunday

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  • A vision for God’s people

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  • A voice for kids. Naomi’s story

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