In recognition of Foster and Kinship Care Week 2018 (9-15 September), Catholic Care Social Services Hunter Manning launched two short films aimed at debunking misconceptions and reinforcing the importance of foster care in our community.
Q I’ve just moved in with my partner and his two children; both girls, aged ten and 13. I’ve never had children on my own and I don’t want to replace their mother but I do want to build a relationship with them. My partner would like us to parent them together and this scares me a little bit as I never want to come across as the “evil stepmother”. We got along well before I moved in and I would like to build on this relationship. How do I now adjust to this new role while preserving our positive relationship?
Q I’m not coping with being at work at the moment. I feel like I am a hated person and a group of staff now ignores me because I told them they made me feel uncomfortable for speaking badly about other staff. There seems to be a culture of negativity and when I raised my concerns with the manager, I was told to lodge a formal complaint and to access counselling. I just don’t see how counselling will resolve the bullying I am now experiencing. I am also afraid to lodge a formal complaint because these colleagues will know it is me and will probably make my work life even worse. I feel stuck and miserable – what if I lodge a complaint, put myself through a process and the investigation comes back in favour of the colleagues I have issues with? This has happened before and I don’t want to have to leave another workplace due to something like this. What do I do?
When it comes to coping with impostor syndrome, being a powerful female in a male-dominated field and daring to start a family while working as an on-air news personality, Tracey Spicer certainly has some stories to share.
In an effort to support the wellbeing of parents and carers, CatholicCare’s counselling services have partnered with Renee Sciulli and her organisation, Sweet Dreams Baby, to teach parents effective techniques aimed at solving infant and toddler sleep challenges. The goal is to help carers and their young ones get the restful sleep they need.
CatholicCare director, Gary Christensen, recently met with Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward and local member, Stephen Bromhead MP, in Forster to discuss the need for foster carers throughout the Hunter.