Meet the foster mum changing children’s lives

Foster Carer Suze Trappitt of Ballajura.  Feature profile for Foster Carers Week. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d491369
Foster Carer Suze Trappitt of Ballajura. Feature profile for Foster Carers Week. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d491369

WHEN two young girls from Suze Trappitt’s family daycare were placed in State care after their mum had a drug overdose, she felt helpless.

The mum with three children of her own wanted to take them in but wasn’t a registered foster carer.

So she became one. That was about 17 years ago.

Now, the Ballajura single mum has three long term foster children and is an emergency carer for babies.

Ms Trappitt, who runs Cherished Cherubs Babysitting and has more than 100 babysitters on her books, has cared for more than 30 foster children but says it’s not the number of children that counts but the time spent and interaction you have with them.

“They need a safe environment and it’s important they take their own steps, look around and start feeling more at ease,” she said.

“I can give them that security.”

Many babies and young children need emergency care. Picture: File image

 

Ms Trappitt said a good outcome for children who could not return home was being placed in long-term care.

“I don’t like seeing them being bounced,” she said.

That’s why she committed to the long term care of her three youngest children who are 6, 12 and 15, including an Aboriginal child.

“She still sees family members at times and goes to a program at Herb Graham for Aboriginal girls in sport,” Ms Trappitt said.

“We talk about it … she’s Aboriginal and she relates to that.”

A few years ago, Ms Trappitt bought a motorbike.

“That’s been my meditation for the last few years because there are times when they are going through different stages and it can be stressful,” she said.

“But it’s very rewarding.”

Children in State care are largely left to fend for themselves once they turn 18, making them our most vulnerable young people.

— Community News is supporting Home Stretch, a national campaign urging all state governments to change legislation to support them until they are 21.

Here’s how YOU can help:

1. Join the Home Stretch campaign at: thehomestretch.org.au

2. Sign up to be a foster carer at: www.dcp.wa.gov.au

This week is WA Foster Carers Week. To register as a foster carer, visit https://childprotectioncareers.wa.gov.au/foster-carer-recruitment