EVERYDAY AUSSIES CHANGING LIVES
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.”
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