On Christmas morning across the Goulburn Valley, the pitter-patter of thousands of little feet will be heard as children dash to see if the big man in red has made a visit.
But there will also be hundreds of children who won’t be home for Christmas — who can’t be home.
Home, for some, might be on the street; home might be violent; home might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Home might be scary. It might be dangerous.
At any age, it is disorienting to be uprooted from your house, your school and your community. For children, it is absolutely terrifying.
But they’ve got some angels looking over them this festive season. Across the state, more than 2000 foster carers will open their homes to care for kids in need of a safe and nurturing home.
And, as part of a national initiative called Giving Tuesday, the Foster Care Association of Victoria has put the call out for donations great and small to help support those who open their doors, and hearts, to our kids.
Daryl Sloan is a board member of the Foster Care Association of Victoria and is a foster carer himself in Shepparton. He and his wife Debbie have been taking in children from babies right through to teenagers for the past 23 years.
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