Sarah-Jo's big family and big heart

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It’s been three years since Sarah-Jo and her family made the decision to make a difference in another child’s life and they haven’t looked back since.

In those three years the Tamworth mother and stepmother of eight has fostered over 20 children and believes it’s a rewarding and life changing experience.

The sad reality that some children live each day in broken homes is what motivated her to put her hand up and become a foster carer with Challenge Children’s Services.

 “Seeing children and hearing about children who do not have a safe bed to sleep in at night, and empty tummies is why I wanted to help,” she said.

Sarah-Jo has volunteered for different forms of care including respite, short term and long term stays.  While her family may have already been larger than most kind hearted Sarah-Jo said there is always room for more.

“It has brought joy and different personalities into our family network and brings the family together in a lot of ways,” she said.

There are currently 52 children in foster care and 42 carer households who are provided with support by Challenge Foster Care in the Tamworth district alone. But the organisation believes more carers are needed.

If you can open up your home and heart to a child, please contact Challenge Foster Care on 1800 084 954.


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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 880 staff, 95 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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