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Fostering Together

Author: Tracy & Brendan Rogers

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Welcome to "Fostering Together," a podcast where foster carers unite, share, and grow. Whether you're a seasoned foster carer or considering taking the first step into fostering, our podcast is here to support you on this remarkable journey. By subscribing to our email list, you'll be the first to hear inspiring stories, gain invaluable insights from experts in the out-of-home care sector, and receive practical advice to enrich your foster care experience.

"Fostering Together" is more than a podcast; it's a movement towards creating a brighter future for young people in need. Our episodes are designed to not only guide you in becoming an exceptional foster carer but also to spark the conversation about the transformative impact of fostering on both carers and children.

Be a part of a community that makes a difference. Subscribe now to get notified about our first episode and join us in the mission to nurture, inspire, and empower the lives of young people through fostering. Together, we can make an impact—one story at a time.
3 Episodes
Welcome back to the Fostering Together podcast! In today's episode, we dive into the exciting yet challenging process of preparing our home for our very first foster child. Whether you're a seasoned foster parent or just considering opening your home, this episode is packed with insights and practical tips to help you feel ready for any situation. Join Tracy and me as we recount our journey from getting approved to welcoming our first placement. We discuss the emotional rollercoaster of waiting for a placement, the logistics of setting up a child-friendly environment, and the importance of having a well-stocked toy room. Tracy shares her expertise in creating a gender-neutral space and the essential items every foster home should have on hand. Stay tuned to hear about our experiences, the ups and downs, and the heartwarming moments that make fostering such a rewarding experience. Timeline Summary: - [00:00] - Introduction to the episode and the topic of preparing for a foster child.- [00:40] - Tracy and Brendan discuss the break between episodes and getting back to routine.- [01:08] - The early stages of preparing for fostering and Tracy's pre-approval preparations.- [02:22] - Deciding on the age range for fostering and initial steps taken post-approval.- [04:15] - The emotional complexity of waiting for a placement and the anticipation involved.- [06:54] - Setting up a gender-neutral room with Australian animal prints and essential furniture.- [10:46] - The importance of having a dedicated playroom and how it helps new placements settle in.- [11:47] - Our first bath time with the foster children and learning from our experiences.- [13:26] - Preparing for a newborn foster child and the essential items needed for their care.- [17:43] - Discovering the baby prep bottle machine and its life-changing convenience.- [20:48] - The value of community support, charity stores, and marketplace for last-minute needs.- [21:24] - Final thoughts on being prepared and the continuous learning process in fostering. Links & Resources: - [Kmart Australia]( - For affordable prints and home décor.- Marketplace - A great place to find second-hand furniture and baby items.- Local charity stores - For books, toys, and other essentials at low cost. Closing Remarks: Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Fostering Together podcast. We hope our experiences and tips help you feel more prepared and confident in your fostering journey. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate, follow, share, and review our podcast. Your support helps us reach more people interested in fostering and building a supportive community. Until next time, take care, and remember, there's always someone out there willing to help.
Welcome to episode 2 of the Fostering Together Podcast! In this heartwarming episode of "Fostering Together," hosts Brendan and Tracy dive into the diverse landscape of foster care options available in Australia. From temporary to permanent care, they share their personal insights and experiences to illuminate the paths available for those interested in making a profound difference in a child's life. Whether you're a seasoned foster parent or newly considering the journey, this episode unpacks the nuances of each type of care to help you find the fit that's right for you and the children in need. Timeline of Highlights [00:02:47] Temporary Care Arrangement (TCA) Explained: Discover what a TCA involves and how it serves as a crucial temporary solution for children in need. [00:07:17] Emergency Care Insight: Learn about the urgent, short-term care provided during crises, ensuring children's immediate safety. [00:08:59] Delving into Temporary Family Care (TFC): Tracy shares why TFC is close to her heart and how it supports children temporarily displaced from their homes. [00:13:36] Understanding Permanent/Long-term Care: Explore the stability and long-term nurturing provided by permanent foster care arrangements. [00:17:18] Kinship Care Overview: An introduction to kinship care, where children are placed with someone they already know, maintaining connections within their community. [00:19:57] The Role of Respite Care: A look at how respite care provides essential breaks for foster families, helping sustain the caregiving journey. [00:23:14] Specialist Foster Care Unpacked: Brendan discusses the intensive, personalized care provided by specialist foster carers for children with specific needs. Links & Resources Visit DCJ for more information on foster care options in New South Wales. Connect with Jared Wheatley on LinkedIn to learn about professional individualised care. Closing Remarks If today’s discussion sparked your interest or you found a connection with the stories shared, remember to rate, follow, and review "Fostering Together." Your engagement helps us reach and support more listeners and potential foster parents. Share this episode with friends or family who might find it enlightening, and join us again as we continue to explore the impactful world of foster care. Goodbye for now, and thank you for being part of our community.
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Fostering Together Podcast! Join hosts Brendan and Tracy as we embark on an inspiring journey through the world of fostering. In this episode, we peel back the curtain on our personal fostering adventure, sharing the heartfelt story that propelled us from curiosity to becoming active participants in the foster care system. From Tracy's early inspiration sparked by a friend's transformation in foster care, to Brendan's initial unfamiliarity but growing commitment, we delve into the motivations, challenges, and triumphs of our journey. This episode isn't just our story; it's an invitation to explore the profound impact fostering can have on both the children and families involved. Whether you're a seasoned foster carer or just fostering curiosity, this episode promises insights, inspiration, and the beginning of a community-centric exploration into the world of fostering. Episode Timeline: [00:00:11] - Brendan and Tracy introduce themselves and the inception of their fostering journey. [00:02:46] - Tracy's personal backstory and the catalyst for her fostering passion. [00:03:41] - Brendan shares how he was drawn into the fostering world and the powerful stories that solidified his decision. [00:04:31] - The driving forces behind starting the "Fostering Together" podcast and the goals they hope to achieve. [00:06:04] - Discussion on the need for more foster carers and addressing common concerns. [00:07:09] - Exploring how Brendan and Tracy plan to support and provide resources to the fostering community. [00:09:47] - The vision for creating a supportive and educational platform for foster carers. [00:11:06] - How to connect with the growing "Fostering Together" community and contribute to the conversation. Links & Resources: Fostering Together Facebook Page: Join our community for ongoing support and discussions. Sign up for our Newsletter: Stay updated and involved by joining our mailing list Closing Remarks: If today's episode has touched your heart or sparked interest in the journey of fostering, we warmly invite you to rate, follow, share, and review our podcast. Your support helps us reach and inspire more potential foster carers, building a stronger, more informed community. Join us next time on Fostering Together, where we'll explore the foundational question: "What is Foster Care?" Your engagement and feedback are not just welcomed; they're essential to fostering a better future together.