Foster couple happy to open their home

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BIG HEARTS: Robert and Cheryl say becoming foster parents has changed their lives.

BIG HEARTS: Robert and Cheryl say becoming foster parents has changed their lives.

Life has never been the same since Cheryl and her husband Robert became foster carers to Alicia four years ago.

Despite having a large family of five children and 21 grandchildren, the couple were happy to open their home and hearts to become foster carers.

Alicia was nine years old when she became part of their family.

"From that day I explained that everyone was treated with love, fairness and equality," Cheryl said.

"We made sure that Alicia knew that this was her home now and that we are family."

Cheryl said becoming a foster carer has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

"Seeing Alicia grow from the beginning, to where she is now, is a source of great pride and fulfilment for my husband and I," she said.

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"Knowing her and seeing her turnaround, with our love and support, has been wonderful."

The key to their success has been understanding and acceptance that every child has a different personality.

"If you're willing to take the time to learn about their personality and work with them, you will see them flourish and grow," Cheryl said.

CatholicCare have supported the family from the beginning. "Our case worker Melissa and the team at CatholicCare have been absolutely wonderful. They have been supporting us on our journey every step of the way."

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