Morley couple calls on more eastern suburb residents to become foster carers

Morley couple Deb and Jim Halvey are passionate foster carers who want to inspire others to embark on their own fostering journey as we have many kids in need, particularly in the eastern suburbs. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au   d484064
Morley couple Deb and Jim Halvey are passionate foster carers who want to inspire others to embark on their own fostering journey as we have many kids in need, particularly in the eastern suburbs. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au d484064

A MORLEY couple who brought two boys struggling with trauma into their family is urging more people to become foster carers to “high needs” children in the eastern suburbs.

Deb and Jim Halvey have been foster carers of two teenage boys for more than three years, through the guidance of not-for-profit foster agency Key Assets.

The pair, who have two sons of their own, often provide respite support for other carers.

Mrs Halvey, whose mother and sister were also foster carers, said her foster boys aged 14 and 15-years-old were now part of the family.

“They both have got their diagnosis with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, depression – they are very challenging and high needs boys,” she said.

“The younger one struggled with his own self-worth and that was the challenge for us in the beginning, trying to overcome that and work with that because we have never experienced that with children before.

“When they come to you, a lot of these children are totally lost, and they really feel that there is no direction in life and no self-worth in themselves.

“That is really sad when you hear them say that to you and they have breakdowns.”

Mrs Halvey said more carers were needed in the Morley and Bayswater area, as there were many more carers in Ellenbrook, Aveley and Swan View.

“We always find when we send our boys to go for respite, we always have to go a bit further so to have more around here, it would be amazing,” she said.

“It is a great thing to do because it is hard work and challenging, but it is brilliant to be able to see the difference made in the kids’ lives.”

Mr Halvey said Key Assets provided support while his wife was away, as well as having support workers take the boys out on Saturdays.

For information, visit www.iwanttofoster.com.au or contact Key Assets on 1800 WE CARE.