Re­ward­ing chal­lenge

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

Denise Cahill Ali­son Mid­dle­ton David Fried­los 9237 1000

MICHELLE Ranieri and Carly Blenkhorn thought their bid to be­come fos­ter par­ents would not be sup­ported be­cause of their sex­u­al­ity, but soon found out they were mis­in­formed.

“We thought they (the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties) wouldn’t want us and they quickly told us we were mis­in­formed and some­times the depart­ment prefers place­ments where there is just women in the house,” Ms Ranieri said.

The cou­ple started fos­ter­ing three years ago and now care for three chil­dren un­der the age of five.

Ms Ranieri said fos­ter care had some chal­lenges but it was re­ward­ing to see chil­dren thrive when given op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Child Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Si­mone Mcgurk said

Fos­ter Car­ers Week (from March 12 to 18) was an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise their self­less ac­tions and thank them for chang­ing the lives of vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Michelle Ranieri and Carly Blenkhorn. d498038

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