Christmas cannot come quickly enough for foster carers Bindee and Karen.
This is their first Christmas as a family, after welcoming two Aboriginal siblings into their hearts and home in April this year.
“This Christmas is extra special because we have two little humans to celebrate with us,’’ Bindee says, “and for them it will be special because we are their forever home.’’
The boys will wake to stockings filled with love and a new swing set and cubby on Christmas morning.
“We can’t wait,’’ Karen says. “I just hope we can build it! It’s in pieces at the moment out the back.’’
Last Christmas, the couple were about half-way through the assessment process to become long-term foster carers with Centacare.
They were compelled to make a positive difference in young lives after a life-changing trip to South Africa where they met countless orphans in need of loving homes.
Moved by the children’s plight, Bindee and Karen vowed to do more for others when they returned home to Australia.
They turned to Centacare Foster Care, initially intending to foster one child.
“We didn’t expect to have brothers, but these two have completed our puzzle and filled the hole in our hearts,’’ Bindee says.
“We are content now.’’
The brothers are on long-term orders under the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection, meaning they will be in the couple’s care until they turn 18.
Long-term foster carers support children to thrive and grow into a confident, secure and prepared young people, ready for independence and adulthood.
“We are going to be there to support them, no matter what, with whatever they want to do,’’ Bindee says.
“With a little love and nurture from the right people, they can achieve anything.’’