Being able to give these kids a safe and happy haven, allowing them to feel what it's like to be part of a loving family environment, and watching them learn to smile and laugh again - the reward is just priceless.
A few years ago, Michelle felt a growing desire to re-evaluate her direction in life. It came down to one question - “Where is the greater good?” As a single parent, she took a leap of faith and swapped a successful career in film and television casting for a vastly different role as an emergency short-term foster carer through an organisation that cares for children at risk. Michelle is on call anytime during the day or night to begin caring immediately for a child in her home. She specialises in babies and toddlers, and a placement can last anywhere from a few days, up until 18 months, until the best long-term placement orders are determined for the child.
photographer: Diane Macdonald