Mother’s Day good time to remember caregiver ‘mums’

13 May 2012

At its heart, Child, Youth and Family is all about care, and this is exemplified through ourcaregivers who often take on the role of mum, dad, friend, protector and advocate for ourchildren and young people.

Many of our caregivers have to deal with things that the average parent wouldn’t dream of, and they do it with extraordinary patience, endurance and love. Mother’s Day is a great time to remind ourselves that we couldn’t do our work without the foster mums (and dads) who really go the extra mile.

Read more about two of our caregivers who featured in Mother’s Day media stories over the weekend....

Liz Mills specialises in caring for babies with severe disabilities, and has cared for youngsters born with foetal alcohol syndrome. “Caregiving is a huge privilege,” she says. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. It’s such a privilege to be entrusted with the care of a baby who is not your own. For all the challenges, the rewards are huge. I’m often asked to talk about the ‘ahah’ moments. Well I get ‘ahah’ moments all the time. Every day is an ‘ahah’ moment.”

See the TV3 ‘Mothers Day’ newsclip

Read more about Liz Mills in our March issue of Care Matters

Helen Reynold shared her Mother's Day with her 19 and 21-year-old children and three long-term foster children: a 7-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. The main thing for her was being able to provide a child with a stable, calm environment. "We have lots of fun, lots of laughs. Children don't always remember what you do, but they always remember how they felt. Hopefully, I can break the cycle of neglect and abuse and give them a different perspective on life," she says.

Read more about Helen in the Otago Daily Time’s Mother’s Day article.