WITHOUT these people hundreds of children in the central west would not have safe, loving homes.
These are the staff and carers who work with Anglicare to provide safe places for children to live and grow.
While Anglicare could not say how many children in the are used the service, it covers an area as far as Lithgow to Cowra and to Forbes.
Anglicare western carer recruitment assessor trainer Faye Chandler said anyone who loved children and had time, patience and commitment could become a foster carer.
She said a foster parent needed to be prepared to work as a team and learn from children as well as teach and care for them.
“Anglicare provide training to new carers and this gives them the opportunity to speak with existing, experienced carers,” she said.
“This always proves to be a very worthwhile exercise.”
During Foster Carers’ Week last week, carers got together and were thanked by Anglicare staff.
The day served as a chance for carers to meet each other, help each other and discuss parenting techniques.
Carers Jim and Kim Goff said becoming foster parents at the start of the year was one of the most rewarding things they had ever done.
The joy of watching their foster child learn to kick a ball, ride a bike and learn to swim was second to none.
“I just love it, it is the best experience,” Mrs Goff said.