As Pam Lawrence, a foster carer for 23 years, says “until we started we didn’t realise how desperately it was needed!”
Pam received a Pride of Australia Award in the “care and compassion” category in 2011 for her commitment to helping kids in need.
Pam and her husband Joe have recently taken in their 227th foster child, Charlotte.
“She’s come from horrific circumstances. She didn’t ask to be born into a family of nine. Her bassinet was a drawer. It’s not her fault. She’s the innocent party; the kids are the innocent parties in these circumstances,” says Pam.
“We’ve had her 11 weeks today and just to see how much she’s changed is great.”
Over the years Pam and Joe have come across many heartbreaking situations. As Joe says “a lot of the kids don’t know what it is to have families…well, they have such broken families.”
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