The Pinarc Disability Support organisation recently farewelled three of its foster carers.
The organisation took the time to thank all the carers, in particular Dawn Manning, for her three years of service.
Ms Manning, who spoke to The Courier, finished her time with Pinarc after providing a young teenage girl with a stable home for the past three years. She nurtured the girl from a troubled teenager, who had a difficult upbringing, to now being able to move to independent living in the wider community.
On top of that Ms Manning took the teenager overseas to do things she would otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience. “I took her on an overseas trip to expose her to a different mindset, and the fact that not everybody lives in Ballarat,” Ms Manning joked.
Family options program manager Jill Bothe has been involved with Pinarc since the early 1990s. She spoke of the carers, specifically Ms Manning in high regard, and couldn’t be more grateful.
“They open their hearts and their homes to people, who would otherwise live in multiple foster homes, or live in formal out-of-home care, which costs the government hundreds of thousands of dollars per year,” she said.
If you are interested in becoming a family options foster carer, please contact Jill Bothe on firstname.lastname@example.org or 53291328.