EV­ERY­DAY AUSSIES CHANG­ING LIVES

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fos­ter four kids, all with high needs. Three are long-term place­ments and we’re hop­ing that our new ad­di­tion – a three-year-old boy – will be­come one, too.

My hus­band, Ash­ley, and I be­came fos­ter par­ents be­cause I’ve been put on this planet to be a mum. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. I’d had six mis­car­riages and been through four years of IVF when we de­cided that if we wanted to be par­ents so much, we should be par­ents to kids who needed a lov­ing home.

Our el­dest two are sib­lings and came to live with us four years ago. They’re now 14 and 10. Our daugh­ter has mod­er­ate in­tel­lec­tual and se­vere lan­guage de­lays. Her brother has de­pres­sion and is­sues with his fine mo­tor skills and both have post trau­matic stress dis­or­der. Our third child is a six-year-old girl who has a long list of learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and be­havioural prob­lems and we were her 11th place­ment in three years. That was three years ago. Now she, like the older two, is the ab­so­lute ap­ple of our eye.

Each of th­ese kids has been to hell and back. They’re not with us be­cause they’re naughty – they needed some­where to go. They didn’t ask to be born into this but what they do want, like all kids, is to be loved and cared for. All th­ese kids de­serve to be given a sec­ond chance be­cause the sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves in is no fault of their own.”

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Fraser* and her hus­band pro­vide a lov­ing home to four fos­ter chil­dren who each have spe­cial needs

Hawthorne has es­tab­lished three char­i­ties in Kenya, and is now a cit­i­zen of the East African coun­try

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