Suddenly Suzanne found herself alone with two kids under five – with no way to provide any income for them.
In the end, she decided to head back to university to retrain as a teacher.
It was during this time that Suzanne met a friend who worked for the Department of Child Safety.
“She told me how children would go days at the placement centre because there was such a shortage of families able and willing to take them in,” Suzanne recalled.
“I had considered becoming a foster parent many times while married, but my husband at the time would tell me, ‘It would be too hard to bond with a child and then have to send them home to a scary situation.’