Every child deserves a safe place to call home, especially during a pandemic.
But sadly, with COVID-19 lockdowns affecting people across the community, it's the most vulnerable who suffer most.
Some of the most vulnerable are children and young people in foster care separated from their families.
"You have to show any child you're caring for that you're in this with them; that you have their back and they can rely on you," Fiona Matthews, a foster carer from regional NSW, said.
She chose to become a foster carer in 2020 during the first COVID-19 lockdowns and after going through the required checks, training and approval process, began foster caring with Anglicare at the end of last year.
Fiona started as a short-term and emergency carer which she said is a good way to "ease" into being a foster carer. Today, she looks after a teenage girl full time.
"Teenagers are already going through massive changes in their lives, and for young people in care, those changes can be even more traumatic," Fiona said.
"That's why, no matter how hard a situation can be, I'm committed to being there for the young person in my care."
Fiona was inspired to become a foster carer after seeing her grandfather open up his farm as a place of respite care for young people.
"Growing up I saw the difference that being on the farm made in their lives. There was a lot of kindness shown in that place," Fiona said.
Now in her 40s and living without a partner, the reality of not being able to have her own biological children made Fiona look elsewhere.
"Even if I couldn't have children of my own, if I could help just one person, it would be worth it," Fiona said.
"No-one can change your family. That's why it's important for her to still have a connection with her family. Anglicare helps to facilitate that in a way that keeps her safe. I care for her like she's my own. My dream would be in the future she'd have a family of her own, and perhaps I could still be there to help her on that journey, even after she's reached adulthood and left my care."
For more information about becoming a foster carer, visit www.anglicare.com.au