A Day in the Life: Lou and Amelia, foster carers

Lou and Amelia foster care

Lou and Amelia live on the Sunshine Coast. Lou said she and Amelia first considered IVF and adoption, before deciding on foster care.

“We went from having all the free time in the world, to all of a sudden having a small human needing us. But as soon as I met her I knew that this little soul was meant to be in our lives.

“I’d always wanted to experience being a mother. We looked into a number of different avenues but nothing really felt right. When I found out how many kids were in need of care, it just made sense for us to go down the foster care path. As soon as we made the decision everything just flowed. I’ve 100% found the little soul I was meant to mother in this life, even if it’s only for a short amount of time.

“It has fulfilled something so deep within me. I’ve learnt so much about myself through the process. Fostering has given my life a depth and meaning I didn’t even realise I was searching for.

“Our mornings start with the little one coming in for cuddles. We head downstairs, make breakfast together, and talk about the day ahead. The little one has some quiet play time while we get ready. Then we head out the door to school. If I’m up early enough, I’ll take the dog to the beach for a sunrise walk, and be back before she wakes up.

“We run our own business, so that takes up most of our weekdays. On the weekends we like to spend time at the beach, reading books, and catching up with friends.

“She also has a lot of family contact to stay connected with her family. We also have a wall of her family’s photos in her room.

“At the moment she’s doing swimming lessons. No homework yet as she’s just started prep at school. We pick her up from school, then often go for a swim. She loves the water now. At first, she just clung to me in the pool and cried. Now seeing her so confident, independent and just thriving in her swimming lessons is really something.

“We come home, unpack from school, get lunches ready for the next day, make dinner, maybe a family movie if we have time, then to bed to read books. Little one has a little play (puts all her dolls to bed), and then we tuck her into bed. Then we’ll have a glass of wine and unwind with a good TV series.

“We would tell other LGBTIQA+ people considering foster care that our experience has been amazing and rewarding. You get to give these little souls such an amazing opportunity. Do it! Even if you just start with short term, or respite weekend care to begin with.”

Queensland foster carers come from all walks of life. But no matter who they are, like Lou and Amelia, they all have a place in their hearts for a child who needs support and understanding.

To learn more about foster care visit qld.gov.au/fostercare or to speak to someone about becoming a foster carer call Queensland Foster and Kinship Care on 1300 550 877.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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